Water’s the source of life, but can be the arch nemesis of those with plumbing problems. Besides dealing with natural disasters, a major plumbing problem can be one of the most challenging parts of home ownership. Luckily, people who own homes can do many things to prevent major plumbing problems and to control the damage that does happen.
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. If the temperature surrounding these pipes is below the freezing point, your pipes could freeze. If they freeze, it will be awhile for them to gradually warm. Therefore, it will take some time for you to have running water again. However, they could burst, and that could make a mess and result in a big repair bill.
Do not pay anything until the problem is fixed. 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. It is vital that you check your plumber has done all the work he promised before you have over the full payment. This will protect you against being scammed by fraudulent tradesmen.
You plumbing experiences will go much smoother if you know your tools, and have the knowledge of how to use each one. Research the project you are going to attempt online, and read the manuals that come with the tools before you use them. Make sure that, before you jump in and start taking things apart, you plan your plumbing repair first.
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. Once the water level is low again, you may repeated this procedure.
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. When you have a problem like this to deal with, the earlier you detect it, the less expensive it will be to take care of.
Don’t put things like fat, oil or grease down your drains. This is a certain way to either slow your drainage or clog your drain entirely. This is most true if you use a garbage disposal, as the fat causes the blades to function slower and they will become less efficient. Dump your oil outside or in a container that you throw out with the regular trash.
Knowing about plumbing systems and preparing for issues beforehand are the best ways to stop plumbing problems. Any homeowner who is willing to learn more about plumbing will have more favorable outcomes from maintenance and repairs; this may also make the home much safer. It goes without saying that someone who has done research and is prepared before a problem arises will be better capable of fixing things faster.