Though water is one of the earth’s vital elements, it can cause major trouble for anyone battling plumbing issues in their home. A plumbing malfunction could literally ruin a house and cost a lot of money. Thankfully, there are many steps a homeowner can take to prevent plumbing headaches from occurring, while also minimizing problems should they happen.
Noisy pipes that make squeaking or hammering sounds are an easy problem to fix. Exposed pipes need to be anchored. You may need to hire a professional to help with any projects involving pipes that are hidden in the floors, ceiling or walls.
Make sure the job gets done by not paying your plumber until you are satisfied, and the work is completed. Some plumbers may require a deposit, but don’t fork over all the dough until the job is completed to spec. Knowing that the plumber performed all services, as promised, can be good for your peace of mind and your wallet.
Keep grease, fat and oil out of your kitchen drain. These substances will create clogs after cooling in your drain. 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. Dispose of oils and fatty liquids in the trash.
If your home has well water and you start seeing orange or pink stains, that is from iron in your water supply. You will need a water softener in order to take care of this problem, which you could purchase at a local store, or hire someone to go to your home and fix it for you.
However, if you mix a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda and send them down your tub’s drain each month, the flow will keep going smoothly. Afterward, place a washcloth or towel over the top of the drain, to keep the chemical reactions contained. Wait until the chemical reaction runs its course, then flush the pipes by pouring in a kettle full of boiling water. This should help clear your pipes of accumulated hair and soap scum.
Run lots of cold water whenever you use your garbage disposal. The helps sharpen the blades and clears out the drain mechanism. Grease will stay solid and go through your drain with cold water; you don’t want gooey grease in your pipes.
Clean the aerator to fix low pressure problems in case you have sediment buildups. To clean the aerator, you first want to disassemble the faucet and remove it. After that, remove the aerator and scrub it clean with a fine brush. You can use vinegar or some other type of cleaning solution to assist in the task. Rinse off the aerator then reassemble and reattach to the faucet. Doing so will assist in increasing water pressure since obstructions in the aerator are removed in this process.
You can avoid plumbing issues if you know what to do and have the tools at hand to work with. 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. Indeed, those who proactively understand plumbing issues are far more likely to be able to solve a problem as soon as it occurs.