Everyone has plumbing questions, sometimes. We would like to know how to fix something ourselves if a problem comes up, and we would like to learn some general maintenance tips. Take a few minutes to read this article and find out how you can face plumbing emergencies.
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. Your pipes can freeze if temperatures around them fall below freezing. In the best situation, it can take hours for frozen pipes to thaw and water to run freely again. In the worst case, the pipes would burst, and you would be stuck with costly repairs and a very messy cleanup procedure.
Do not use harsh chemicals to clean or treat your toilet. Both of these may help to eliminate odors from your toilet, but it can also damage the rubber parts of your toilet, causing it to not function probably, or even to break down completely.
You can resolve most toilet clogs yourself. Try a plunger first. If plunging the toilet doesn’t seem to clear up a clog, check the toilet’s water level. If it’s too low, try filling a bucket with warm water. Open the toilet’s tank, and pour the water in. The water should go down, and you can pour another bucket of water if the toilet is still clogged.
If you find you are having an issue with the garbage disposal, do not put your bare hands in the disposal. Even when the garbage disposal is turned off they can be dangerous. Research your disposal online to locate a detailed diagram or troubleshooting guide for your model.
Make sure there is a strainer covering all drains in order to collect particles that would cause a clog if they went down the drain. The strainer in the kitchen sink should be cleaned each time you have large particles trapped in it. The ones in the bathroom can be cleaned out as needed.
If your home runs on well water and you notice any orange or pink stains in your fixtures or tub, this is because of iron in your water. You can combat this by using a water softener. You can either purchase it at a store, or hire a company to come to your house to set it up for you.
You must know what to do in the face of an emergency before it ever happens. Additionally, performing a bit of routine maintenance easily keeps problems from cropping up when you least expect them. Apply these tips and take the time to inspect and maintain your system to save money.