Sometimes, all it takes to fix a plumbing problem is a bit of information, and these tips offer a great resource to start from.
If you have a water pipe that freezes, turn on the tap to the faucet nearest the pipe so that the water has somewhere to exit as the pipe thaws. This gives the pressure somewhere to go, and keeps it from bursting.
Don’t use harsh chemicals such as toilet tablets that claim to be cleaners in your toilet. These may deodorize, but they have the side effect of damaging the rubber in your toilet, which can prevent your toilet from functioning correctly.
Use strainers on all drains to prevent debris from getting through. The ones in the bathroom can be cleaned out on a regular basis.
Don’t pour oils, grease and other oils into the drain. This is especially damaging to garbage disposal; the fat can make the blades turn more slowly and less freely. Make certain you dispose of oils in other places other than the sink.
By regularly “cleaning” the disposal with lemon rinds, cherry pits and citrus rinds, you can make sure that your garbage disposal is running well and smelling so clean it could be new.
It is important to to use lots of cold water while using your garbage disposal. Cold water keeps blades and allows for smoother disposal.
If water that is not supposed to be there is in the dishwasher, it is most likely because of the hose to the kitchen sink being installed improperly. The hose from your sink and the dishwasher has to go up and then down in order for the water of both locations to not mix.
Don’t flush items like paper towels, sanitary napkins, tissues, paper towels and cotton balls.
Clean out your dryer’s lint trap. This will ensure that your dryer to work better and may also prevent fires. Be sure you inspect your lint trap for tears or holes that could mean lint is going into your pipes, because this can cause bigger problems as it may mean that lint is escaping into your pipes.
Clean the aerator to fix low pressure issues which result from sediment build up. Take the aerator off, pull it apart, and brush it clean with a little vinegar.
Don’t bother running water when the garbage disposal. In some cases, water can actually cause garbage to become lodged in awkward places, which can create more damage.
There are two easy methods to removing a clean out fitting out. The first method involves a hammer and chisel to attempt loosening the fitting. The only other thing you can do is chisel right through it.
If you are experiencing sewage backing up to your toilet, then check the connection between your home’s sewage line and the city sewage line. If you cannot take care of this blockage, you’ll need professional help to run a snake and break up the clog.
If you are a do-it-yourself home improvement person, the tips below will help you tackle any plumbing issues. Get the best professionals and take care of what you can so that you can save some money. Take these tips to heart, and you’ll be better for it.