Plumbing issues are a headache for people who don’t know how to fix them. Professional plumbers charge a premium amount and require a long waiting period; most plumbing issues are easy fixes that even an amateur can do. The following tips will help you solve your plumbing problems.
Noisy pipes is an easy do-it-yourself project. What you will have to do is anchor any pipes that are exposed. If these pipes are located in the floors, ceiling or walls, you are probably best calling a profession plumber to take over the project.
To keep your pipes from freezing in the winter, insulate all exterior pipes and be sure to keep your interior house temperature above freezing, even if the house is vacant. Your plumbing can freeze if the air around it is below 32 degrees. If they do freeze, you are looking at some time before they can thaw out, thus you will have to wait for running water. The worst case would be that they burst, creating water damage and a big repair bill.
If your pipes freeze, turn on the water from the faucet nearest them to let water out when they start to thaw. This will help relieve pressure in pipes to prevent them from bursting, which may prevent bigger damage for your home.
If your toilet happens to be clogged, and the plunger is not working, you can pour a bucket of hot water down the toilet, but be sure to pour it from a height that is waist level or above so you do not flood the bathroom. After the water level in the toilet bowl has gone down, you can repeat the procedure until the blockage is cleared.
If your home has a well for water and there are pink or orange stains in the sinks and tubs, this could be due to high iron content in your water. A water softener can cure this problem and can be installed by you, or you may opt to have a professional to come and install it for you.
In order to ensure that your garbage disposal will last for as long as your home, keep it clean on a regular basis. By regularly “cleaning” the disposal with lemon rinds, cherry pits and dish soap, you can make sure that your garbage disposal is running well and smelling so clean it could be new.
Always have cold water running when you are using your garbage disposal. Using cold water not only preserves the sharpness of the blades, but also makes the disposal process itself smoother. Running hot water down the drain while you are using the garbage disposal can cause the drain to clog from any grease that is in there liquefying.
Installing more efficient shower heads can save you tons of money on your energy bill. Hot water usage is mostly in the shower. When you install an energy-efficient shower head, you will reduce your home’s water consumption, which means money left in your pocket.
If a plug needs to be removed, there are a few methods you can use. The first way is to get a chisel and a hammer and try to jostle the fitting loose. Another option is chiseling through the relevant clean out plug.
No matter what plumber you use, you should know a little about him before he comes to the door. Even if your insurance company assigns a plumber to you, you can get online and learn his name and the quality of his work. You’ll be more comfortable with the plumber if you read about other customers’ experiences with him.
Thoroughly check out a plumber’s skills, licensing and references before hiring them. Some plumbers do not have the experience to deal with certain problems, and may make matters worse. Always look at reviews on plumbers, or ask your family or friends if they know of one.
A sewage backup into the toilet is caused by problems often deep within the sewage line. If you are not able to remove the blockage, you need to contact a professional to snake the line clear.
As you can see, plumbing problems don’t have to be so difficult. If you can solve the problem yourself, you can save time waiting for a plumber, as well as saving a whole lot of money. Try applying what you’ve learned from this article next time you have a plumbing problem!