Everyone has questions about plumbing at some point in time. If a problem occurs, most people want to have the ability to fix it ourselves. We’d also like to know some more general maintenance hints. This article will give you plumbing repair tips as well as maintenance tips, so you are ready for a plumbing crisis if it occurs.
To keep your pipes from freezing in the winter, insulate all exterior pipes and be sure to keep your interior house temperature above freezing, even if the house is vacant. Pipes can freeze when the ambient temperature in the area of the pipes dips below freezing. At best, it can take time for them to thaw and for you to be able to have running water. The worst case scenario is a busted pipe and a costly repair.
You do not give the plumber all the money until he is finished with his work. Sometimes plumbers will request a cash deposit before any work can commence; however, you avoid paying the total bill until the whole job has been finished to your satisfaction. This ensures that the plumber fully completes the job before getting paid.
Don’t use any colored tablets that claim to be cleaners in your toilet. While they may make your toilet smell pretty, they can erode the rubber parts in the toilet and cause it to stop working.
If you have a clogged toiled with a lower water lever, and the plunger isn’t working, try pouring in some warm water directly into the toilet. The water needs to be at a low level again in order to repeat the process.
If you find you are having an issue with the garbage disposal, do not put your bare hands in the disposal. Garbage disposals are dangerous, even when turned off. Research your disposal online to locate a detailed diagram or troubleshooting guide for your model.
You should regularly check for water damage to your bathroom floor caused by your toilet in order to save money and further complications. Feel the floor around the toilet and check to see if the floor is soft, molded, chipping, etc. Straddle the toilet, so you can rock from one leg to another to determine whether there’s weakness in the floor. Early detection of the problem may save you a great deal of money over time.
Schedule all your plumbing work at the same time. Of course, our natural inclination is to handle problems as they arise, but it helps to get everything done at once. Even if you only have one noticeable problem, you can still get a plumber to inspect other areas. You will also save because plumbers usually charge hourly rates, so hours they can charge you are reduced if there is only one trip made.
It will be too late to do some research once you have a leak. Regular maintenance can also prevent small plumbing issues from becoming serious emergencies. Apply these tips and take the time to inspect and maintain your system to save money.