Many homeowners experience plumbing issues at one point or another. Plumbing issues can occur in any room in the house, but usually happen in the kitchen or bathroom. In reality, every homeowner at some point will be troubled by a plumbing problem. The following advice will assist you, should this situation arise.
Obnoxiously loud pipes that like to squeal and hammer are easy situations to correct. Exposed pipes need to be properly anchored. You are going to need a professional if the pipes will be located in the ceiling, walls, or the floors.
You need to insulate any pipes have exposure to outside elements to avoid them freezing. You should also keep the temperature in the home above freezing to avoid your pipes freezing. Pipes will freeze if they are exposed to temperatures below freezing. If you are lucky, you will only experience a minor inconvenience until the pipes thaw. The worst case scenario is a busted pipe and a costly repair.
If you aren’t having any luck using a plunger on a clogged toilet, you may want to try pouring warm water into it from waist high. Once the water level gets low again, repeat the process.
Check carefully around the base of your toilet for any damage caused by leaks. Straddle the toilet, then start rocking on each foot to check whether you feel softness or weakening on the floor under you. It’s important to catch and address floor damage problems as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more expensive the repair will be.
Try to never pour grease, fat, or any oil-based liquids into your drains. These substances will harden as soon as they cool down, and clog your drains. This is especially true if you have a garbage disposal, as the fat will cause the blades to run slower and less efficiently. Keep a container in your kitchen that is used specifically for discarded grease.
Proper education prior to a problem arising is imperative. Also, doing a little routine maintenance can help to prevent problems from coming up in the first place. Follow the advice offered in this article, and be ready to take care of all of your future plumbing needs.