Leaky pipes and backed up water systems can be a serious headache to the homeowner that is faced with dealing with these issues. There are few things that cause more damage to your home than a big plumbing problem. Luckily, there are many things people can do to stave off plumbing disasters and make sure the damage is minimal when unexpected events do happen.
Noisy pipes is an easy do-it-yourself project. Anchor exposed pipes to get rid of noises. For pipes that are situated inside walls, or the floor or ceiling, you should hire a professional.
To prevent frozen pipes, always keep the living spaces in your house above freezing, even if you aren’t home. Any exposed pipes need to be insulated against the outdoor temperatures. If the ambient temperature around the pipes is below freezing, the pipes can freeze. In the best situation, it can take hours for frozen pipes to thaw and water to run freely again. On the other hand, they can burst, which gets messy and really expensive.
If you have a frozen pipe, turn on the nearest faucet so the water has an escape route when the pipe starts to thaw. If there is too much pressure within the pipe, it may burst, causing other forms of damage in the home.
If you have a clogged toilet and a plunger is not helping to clear the blockage, if the water level is low, pouring a bucking of boiling water from a height into the toilet bowl could resolve the problem. The water should go down, and you can pour another bucket of water if the toilet is still clogged.
If you have a well at your home and notice pink or orange stains around the drains of your tub or sink, this is most likely caused by an excess of iron in your water. Using a water softener can help fix this problem. You can obtain a water softener at any home improvement store, or rent them from specialist companies.
If you operate the disposal on your sink, run plenty of cool water. The cold water will help keep the blades nice and sharp and will allow for a much smoother disposal. If you use hot water, any grease in the disposal will turn into liquid, while causes pipe clogging.
Always clean the lint from your dryer. This is a good idea for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is fire safety. Regularly check your lint trap for rips or holes which could let lint escape into your pipes and cause clogging.
Trying to clean grout caught in a line by yourself is fruitless. Grout can be broken up by yourself, however this generally is only a partial fix. This will work better if the pipes you have are plastic instead of metal. Yet keep in mind that it is probably going to take professional work to eradicate this problem for you.
Preparation and plumbing education are what is needed to avoid plumbing mishaps. The savvy homeowner who takes the time to learn even a little about plumbing is better able to make good decisions while avoiding plumbing situations that could become dangerous. It is best for one to do one’s research and try fixing one’s plumbing issues before things get worse.