When someone doesn’t know how to fix a plumbing problem it can seem difficult and daunting to even think about it. Hiring a professional plumber not only cause you to wait, but they are also very expensive. The following tips will help you solve your plumbing problems.
You can prevent frozen pipes within the home, by ensuring the temperature does not fall below freezing. Another important step is insulating pipes that are exposed to cold temperatures. Your plumbing can freeze if the air around it is below 32 degrees. If you are lucky, you will only experience a minor inconvenience until the pipes thaw. At worst, they will burst and you’ll be paying to repair the damage.
If your water pipe freezes, switch on the nearest faucet tap to that pipe so that water can exit when the pipe thaws. This relieves the pressure contained in the pipe as it also prevents it from bursting, which would reduce the damage done to your house.
Use a drain strainer to prevent small particles from sliding down your drain and causing clogs. Clean debris from these strainers after each use. Strainers placed in a bathtub can be cleaned periodically.
Iron will cause orange or pink stains in and on your fixtures if you have a well. This is fixed by using water softener, which can be bought at a store, or you can have someone come to your home and fix it.
Be sure to clean your dryer’s lint trap. This can prevent various problems, including a fire. You also need to be sure the lint trap is free of holes or small openings that could allow lint to get to your pipes. This could result in other problems in your home to deal with.
Frozen pipes can do very extensive and expensive damage. Thankfully, you can prevent your pipes from freezing. Start by insulating the outside pipes fully. When it gets colder, disconnect and drain the hoses and turn the outside faucet off. This will keep you from paying too much to your plumber.
If grout is stick within the line, it is likely useless to try cleaning it on your own. You can attempt to dislodge the blockage or break it up to help remove it. This works better with plastic piping than it does with metal. However, this problem usually requires the help of a plumber.
There are two easy methods to removing a stubborn clean-out plug. The first method is by using a chisel and hammer to try to loosen the fitting. If the plug itself is expendable, chiseling it into pieces and extracting them can work, too.
If you need to hire a plumber, make sure you check them out before you give them the job. Some plumbers are not experienced enough or skilled enough to handle some jobs, and they can worsen your problem. Always look at plumber reviews, or ask friends and family if they can recommend one.
As you can see, plumbing problems don’t have to be so difficult. If you can solve the problem yourself, you can save time waiting for a plumber, as well as saving a whole lot of money. Try applying what you’ve learned from this article next time you have a plumbing problem!