Nobody really wants to think about having a huge plumbing issue in their home that requires a plumber. That’s because it can get expensive and can ruin your floors and other items in your home, if it gets out of hand. Never fear because you can learn to do your own to prevent such problems by following these tips below.
If you possess pipes that are alive with the sound of squeaking or hammering, you have an issue that is easily corrected. You must anchor all exposed pipes. Get a professional to anchor any hidden pipes if you do not wish to do some work in your floors or walls by yourself.
Use a hairdryer to thaw frozen pipes, after you shut off the water to the house. A hairdryer will gently heat the pipe and thaw the ice without causing significant damage to the pipe. Shutting off the water first means that if the pipe is broken, there will be no rush of water into the house.
Got a leaky pipe? In many cases you can repair this yourself without the expense of a plumber. If a joint is leaking, tighten it with a pipe wrench. If the leak is coming from a damaged section of pipe, you can try repairing with a store-bought patching kit. One method involves applying waterproof tape to the section of pipe where there is leakage. Before applying the tape, make sure the pipe is thoroughly dry. Make sure that the tape covers two to three inches on either side of the breakage in the pipe.
Check overflow holes regularly to prevent blockage. These passages allow your sink to fill up without overflowing onto your floor, and if they’re blocked that can cause you a major headache. When you’re periodically checking your sink for possible problems, take the time to clean out the overflow holes.
If you have any water in your dishwasher that should not be there, check the connection on your kitchen sink. The hose leading from the kitchen sink to the dishwasher must lead uphill and then back downhill in order to prevent mixing of water from both devices.
Always keep your garbage disposal clean. You can do this in many ways. Pour some dish soap in and let the disposal run for a few minutes with some cold water. Be sure to run it regularly, if not, it can cause rust. To eliminate foul odors, grind lemon or other citrus peels. You can clean the walls of the disposal by grinding small fruit pits or egg shells.
To reduce your plumbing repair costs, use preventative maintenance measures. Clogged drains are one of the more common issues when it comes to plumbing problems. Too much hair will clog a drain. Stop the clog by covering your drains with screens to keep hair from going into the pipes. It’s a lot simpler to eliminate hair that is on a screen than eliminating it off a pipe.
Plumbing can incredibly fickle and being left with a huge plumbing bill or water damage can be disappointing to say the least. Do yourself a favor and follow these tips to start fixing and installing your own plumbing.