It can be hard to decide where to start when it comes to educating yourself on plumbing. This article will provide you with some tips you can apply as you take on your next plumbing challenge.
If a pipe freezes, make sure you turn the closest faucet to allow the thawing water to exit. This relieves the pressure contained in the pipe as it also prevents it from bursting, which would reduce the damage done to your house.
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 should go down, and you can pour another bucket of water if the toilet is still clogged.
Never put your hands in your garbage disposal to fix a problem. Garbage disposals are not healthy places for hands to be, even if they are not running. Troubleshooting techniques and schematics of your garbage disposal are available on the Internet.
Place a strainer on top of every drain so that you collect all debris that has the ability to clog the drain. Clean the kitchen sink strainer any time something collects in it. You should also clean your bathtub strainer any time it is slow to drain.
Don’t put things like fat, oil or grease down your drains. When these oils cool, they become hard and create clogs. This is very true for garbage disposal, since fat will make the blades run less quickly and efficiently. Dispose of your oils in a coffee can or other suitable container instead of your sink.
To keep things flowing smoothly through the drain of your bathtub, each month you should feed it baking soda, one cup’s worth, with a cup of vinegar to chase it. Cover it with a plug or rag, since a chemical reaction should happen in the pipes. Wait a while, then flush it with boiling water. Although this is useful for clearing away simple clogs made of hair and soap debris, it will not work for serious blockages.
Use cold water when using your garbage disposal. 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 in the disposal will liquefy, causing it to accumulate further down the drain, which could cause clogs.
Enzyme based pipe cleaners should be a first choice when you are trying to unclog a pipe that is blocked or draining slowly. These types of cleaners will use natural bacteria so that the sludge will turn into liquid form, and be removed from your pipes. The cleaners which use enzymes are currently rated the best available.
Keep your dryer’s lint trap clean. This can prevent troubles, including fires. Inspect your lint trap often to see if there are any tears or holes. If there are, you can have lint getting into your pipes, and this will clog them and give you more problems that will have to be dealt with.
If you have frozen pipes that can be a very costly repair. Fortunately, frozen pipes are easy to prevent. If you have any pipes outside, have them properly insulated. When it gets cooler, drain and disconnect the hoses and shut off your outside faucet. You can save money on plumbing bills by doing this.
If you have grout caught in your line, it’s most likely impossible for you to clean yourself. You could dislodge the grout and cause it go further down. It works better if you have plastic pipes instead of metal pipes. However, usually you will need the services of a professional to get rid of this problem.
A good tip to use when using your garbage disposal is to leave the water turned off. It is a common misconception that running water simultaneously is a good idea, but that is not really the case. It could even cause food to stick to the blades of the disposal, creating damage.
Try not to use drain cleaners too often, it at all. The chemicals in those kinds of drain cleaners can be corrosive and might damage pipes if you keep using them. Consider hiring a professional when you have drain problems.
Sometimes, you will be forced to use a certain plumber, but that doesn’t mean that looking him up on Angie’s List or a similar site isn’t a good idea. You’ll be more comfortable with the plumber if you read about other customers’ experiences with him.
As you’ve seen, plumbing can seem intimidating, but it isn’t so tough. It’s just that there are quite a few basics to learn. All you need to do is decide to do some research, apply a dose of common sense and do the actual work to implement the work steps for your particular job.