Plumbing that is in good working order is a critical component of a clean, safe, and happy household. However, your plumbing will require extra attention at times. Calling upon a plumber might not be suitable because of the season or the costs. The following article offers some helpful tips on fixing and maintaining your plumbing at home.
You don’t want to end up with frozen pipes, so take preventive action, such as wrapping outside pipes with insulation, and keeping indoor temperatures above freezing at all times. The pipes may freeze if the surrounding temperature drops below freezing. If they freeze, it will be awhile for them to gradually warm. Therefore, it will take some time for you to have running water again. At worst, they will burst and you’ll be paying to repair the damage.
Don’t pay the entire plumbing bill upfront; wait until the plumber finishes the plumbing job. Although you might be required to pay a down payment before the job is initiated, never pay the bill in full until you are certain that the job is completed to your satisfaction. It is a good thing to know the plumber did his job as he agreed to before he get’s all of his money.
Avoid bleach tablets, blue toilet deodorizers or the other odor removers inside your toilet. They can clean the bowl and remove odors, but they also damage the soft plastic and rubber parts in and around your toilet.
The areas of floor around your toilets are particularly susceptible to water damage; here’s how you can check them. 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. Identify any damage and repair it before it gets worse. In the long run, you are likely to save money by not putting off the repair.
Keep the garbage disposal clean to make sure it will last as many years as your house does. You can use dish soap, lemon peels, and cherry pits to get your garbage disposal clean and fresh and running well.
Ensure overflow holes have not been clogged. Overflow holes are one of those things which you forget about until you need them. Make cleaning debris from the overflow holes part of your regular routine of maintaining your plumbing and checking it for problems and required repairs.
Always use cold water when your garbage disposal is running. Cold water will allow for the food particles to be properly disposed of while keeping the blades sharp. If you use hot water, any grease in the disposal will turn into liquid, while causes pipe clogging.
Install water-saving shower heads to reduce your energy costs. Most of the hot water we use is from showering. If you invest in purchasing and installing shower heads that are energy-efficient, you can realize savings of approximately 0 each year for each shower head.
By now, you have learned a number of great ways to maintain your plumbing. If you use the tips you’ve read here, you’ll be able to solve any emergency and even install your own plumbing for new fixtures without the aid of a professional!