At some point, every one has questions about plumbing. Everyone should want to understand how to correct minor problems and how to do their own maintenance. This article has both angles covered. That way, you can respond to plumbing problems as soon as they appear.
To eliminate the possibility of having frozen pipes, maintain a constant temperature in your home above freezing, and be certain to adequately insulate those pipes that are out in the weather. Pipes will begin to freeze as soon as they reach freezing temperatures. If they freeze, it will be awhile for them to gradually warm. Therefore, it will take some time for you to have running water again. Frozen pipes can also burst, which can be very messy and expensive to repair.
When it gets very cold, your pipes may freeze. If it does, relieve the pressure in the pipe by turning on the tap so the water can be released as the pipe thaws. Doing so provides pressure relief, and might spare you the damage of a burst pipe.
Avoid the use of products for your toilet that help with odor, such as bleach tablets. These may deodorize, but they can seriously damage the rubber pieces in the toilet, causing poor functionality or even complete breakdown of the fixture.
If you want to look for floor damage around your toilet, just check the flooring for softness. Straddle your toilet and gently rock foot to foot to see if your floor feels a little weak or soft. This will save you a lot of trouble and money if you find the issue before something horrible happens.
Place a strainer on top of every drain so that you collect all debris that has the ability to clog the drain. Every time you have large particles in the strainer of the kitchen sink, it should be cleaned thoroughly. Keep the bathroom drains cleaned out too.
Never pour grease or anything fatty or oily into your drain. These substances will clog the drain as they cool and harden. Your garbage disposal is particularly vulnerable to this issue, as the fat solids will slow the motion of the blades. This results in the disposal operating less efficiently. Don’t put oils down the sink.
Here is a good tip for a safe, inexpensive way to keep the drain in your bathtub trouble-free. Take one cup of baking soda and pour it into the drain. Then do the same with a cup of vinegar. Do this procedure once a month. Cover the drain with an old rag, because there will be a chemical reaction taking place inside the pipes. After letting it sit for a few moments, clear the pipes out with a gallon of boiling water. This method should clear your pipes of accumulated hair and soap scum.
Ensure your overflow holes aren’t clogged up. Overflow holes drain water if a sink begins to overfill, so they need to be clear at all times. As you routinely look for things needing attention, check to be sure that the overflow holes are clear and unblocked.
If you are seeing water at the bottom of the dishwasher, most likely this is due to a faulty setup of the hose that leads from the kitchen sink. The hose going from the dishwasher to the sink must go downhill, and then uphill, to prevent water mixing from the two devices.
Being prepared will be of assistance, should a plumbing issue arise. Additionally, performing a bit of routine maintenance easily keeps problems from cropping up when you least expect them. This article can help you to safely meet and maintain your home’s plumbing needs.