It can be difficult to learn about plumbing, but like many other complex topics, it is something that is easy to teach, research, and learn. Armed with these tips, you can take care of some of the plumbing challenges that will surely face you in your home. Remember to keep studying to be able to take on all plumbing challenges.
If you discover a pipe has frozen, open a tap on the line to allow the thawing ice to drain. This assists you in relieving pressure within the pipe, and could stop any bursting from occurring, which can prevent additional damage to your home.
Every so often, inspect the floor around your toilet and see if it has gone soft. Straddle your toilet and gently rock foot to foot to see if your floor feels a little weak or soft. It’s important to catch and address floor damage problems as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more expensive the repair will be.
Place a strainer over the drains to collect anything that could clog and cause stoppage. Your kitchen sink strainer must be cleaned whenever it catches anything. Keep the bathroom drains cleaned out too.
Schedule your plumbing work simultaneously. You might want to call every time you need a tiny issue fixed with your plumbing, but if you know the system is bad, if you just call once, you can start saving for the major repair before you call. This will cut down on your plumbing bill because they can not charge you for extra trips.
To keep your garbage disposal working at its best, use plenty of cold water when you turn it on. The cold water will help keep the blades nice and sharp and will allow for a much smoother disposal. If you use hot water, any grease that is in the disposal will turn to liquid, and sit inside of the drain, which can clog your pipes.
One easy way to save on energy and water is to install efficiency-oriented shower heads. Most of the hot water used in the home is used while showering. By installing energy-efficient shower heads for a few extra dollars, you can save up to $100 or more a year per shower head in your house.
If water is draining into a dishwasher, it is probably because the hose attached to the sink is not installed correctly. The hose going from the dishwasher to the sink must go downhill, and then uphill, to prevent water mixing from the two devices.
If you have clogged pipes, try cleaning them with an enzyme pipe cleaner. Enzyme based cleaners use “good” bacteria to transform the clog into a liquid, which will remove it from pipes. The best options on the market now are enzyme cleaners.
Plumbing is not as hard as you imagined, is it? As with any professional field, plumbing incorporates a large number of concepts and skills. A nudge in the right direction may be enough to get you started. Hopefully, the tips above have done that for you.