Having good working plumbing is an important part of managing your home. Your plumbing may need attention at an inconvenient time when money is low or no plumbers are available. This article provides some fantastic tips for maintaining and fixing your home plumbing.
If one of your water pipes freezes, turn on the tap to the faucet nearest the pipe so that the water has somewhere to exit as the pipe thaws. This can relieve the pipe pressure that could cause bursting and further home damage.
Do not give a plumber the entire payment for a job until the whole job is completed. You might have to give them a deposit, but do not give them the entire sum of money until you are sure they have done a good job. This ensures that the plumber will not abandon the job midway, and will also care about the quality of their work more.
Check the floors in your bathroom for any give in order to be sure that there is no damage in the floors. Sit reversed on the toilet (facing the tank) with your feet on the floor. Rock your weight onto each foot in turn and see if you can feel any weakness or “give” in the floor. It could potentially save money by discovering any problems before too much damage occurs.
Don’t put oil, grease or fat into your drain. These substances will harden as soon as they cool down, and clog your drains. As an owner of a garbage disposal, this is important because the blades will stop working if they have fat on them. Don’t put oils down the sink.
Always use cold water when your garbage disposal is running. The cold water helps keep the blades sharp and can make disposal much smoother. Running hot water down the drain while you are using the garbage disposal can cause the drain to clog from any grease that is in there liquefying.
You should always clean your dryer’s lint trap. This will save a ton of trouble for you, it will also prevent fires. See to it that you look at the lint trap and find out if it has tears or holes in it that could cause lint to go inside your pipes. This could lead to clogs or other problems in the future.
Fix issues related to low water pressure that are a result of a buildup of sediment by cleansing the aerator. Disassemble the fixture to remove the aerator, and then scrub it with vinegar and a small brush. Then you can simply rinse off the aerator and reassemble the faucet. This will improve the water pressure by clearing out blockages in the aerator.
If a plug needs to be removed, there are a few methods you can use. The first method you can try is using a chisel with a hammer to get the fitting loose. If that fails, you must chisel a hole in the plug.
Now you know that there are plenty of things you can do to increase your plumbing skills. Using these tips can save you a lot of money and damage to your house, and can prevent needless calls to the plumber.