You may often wonder where to start and what to do at the beginning of a big plumbing project. The important thing to do is slow down and separate the project into several goals. This article’s tips will help you turn into a better plumber.
It’s easy to fix noisy pipes which squeak or sound like hammering. Anchoring exposed pipes will decrease the amount of noise your plumbing system makes. If pipes are located in the floors, ceiling or walls, a professional might be needed for the job.
If your pipes freeze, turn on the water from the faucet nearest them to let water out when they start to thaw. This reduces pressure to keep the pipe from bursting, which could prevent a big mess in your home.
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. Repeat this once your water goes back to a lower level.
In order to ensure that your garbage disposal will last for as long as your home, keep it clean on a regular basis. By regularly “cleaning” the disposal with lemon rinds, cherry pits and dish soap, you can make sure that your garbage disposal is running well and smelling so clean it could be new.
Each month, treat your drains by pouring one cup of baking soda down it, and then follow that with a cup of regular white vinegar. Cover it with a plug or rag, since a chemical reaction should happen in the pipes. Let it sit a few minutes, then wash it all away with boiling water. This simple solution can break up clogs caused by everything from hair to soap scum.
Check to make sure that overflow holes are not clogged up. Sinks use overflow holes if they start to overfill, and this isn’t usually a problem, but it can be. When you’re periodically checking your sink for possible problems, take the time to clean out the overflow holes.
Save money by getting better shower heads. Energy efficient shower heads can save you money on your energy bill and water bill. A single energy efficient shower head can save you $100 a year.
Do not flush unneeded things down your toilet if you want to lessen your chance of having issues. If you flush improper items such as disposable diapers, facial tissue, cotton balls, paper toweling, tampons or sanitary napkins down the toilet, you will surely have problems with clogs. As well, keep your toilet paper usage to as little as possible.
As intimidating as plumbing can be, the task usually isn’t as intimidating as it looks. There are just certain aspects of plumbing a person needs to know. All that is needed to start is common sense, effort and research to determine the most efficient way of handling your particular job.