Everyone has moments where they must question their plumbing system or the idea of rebuilding it. We want to know how we can fix things ourselves and to learn basic maintenance tips. Take a few minutes to read this article and find out how you can face plumbing emergencies.
Noisy pipes is an easy do-it-yourself project. Any exposed pipes will need to be anchored. You might have to call a professional to help finish the project if pipes are in floors, ceiling or walls.
To prevent pipes from freezing, don’t let temperatures drop under freezing in your home, and insulate external pipes. Your plumbing can freeze if the air around it is below 32 degrees. In the best case scenario, you will have to wait until they thaw so that the water runs again. However, they might burst, which will cause an enormous mess and repair bill.
Do not give a plumber the entire payment for a job until the whole job is completed. You may have to pay a portion of the cost before the plumber works on the job, but you should never have to pay in full until after everything has been correctly finished. You want to make sure that the plumber completed everything that they said they would before they get your money.
If your toilet happens to be clogged, and the plunger is not working, you can pour a bucket of hot water down the toilet, but be sure to pour it from a height that is waist level or above so you do not flood the bathroom. The water needs to be at a low level again in order to repeat the process.
If your garbage disposal is giving you problems, never stick your hand in it to fix it yourself. Even when in the off position, garbage disposals are dangerous. Use the Internet to find a diagram of your device, or a troubleshooter.
If you have multiple plumbing problems, schedule all of them to be fixed together. You might be tempted to call the plumber every time you need something fixed, but if you wait and hire the plumber for a single visit, you can save up money for repairs. Because plumbers generally round up to the nearest hour, this also allows you to save money. The time only gets rounded up once, rather than multiple times.
A great maintenance routine for bathtub drains is to pour baking soda and vinegar into the drain opening once a month. This will cause the vigorous bubbling you may remember from the “volcano” in a grade school science project, so be sure to close the drain with a stopper. Flush it with boiling water after a few minutes. This should help clear your pipes of accumulated hair and soap scum.
It’s important to learn a bit about plumbing before there is an emergency. Knowing how to perform routine maintenance will also prevent future problems. Take care of all of your plumbing needs with the help of this article.