Avoid frozen pipes this winter! Keep a small trickle of water dripping from faucets, and wrap your un-insulated pipes with foam or newspaper. If possible, keep the doors open between unheated and heated rooms. In an unheated area such as a garage or laundry room, keep a small heater next to the pipes. Remember to do this before the first cold snap hits.
If you have a clogged drain, don’t use cleaning chemicals to try to clear the clog. These harsh chemicals can corrode your metal pipes leading to leaks and broken pipes over time. Instead, stick to a plunger or make use of a plumbing snake to clear them.
Find a better way to discard of cooking oil instead of pouring it down the drain where it can easily clog your pipes. Keep a coffee can or other metal container handy to pour grease into after cooking. Place the can in the freezer to harden the grease and when it’s full, discard it with the trash.
If you find you are having an issue with the garbage disposal, do not put your bare hands in the disposal. Garbage disposals are not healthy places for hands to be, even if they are not running. Research on the Internet for diagrams, troubleshooters or FAQ’s about your disposal.
Avoid using hard cleaners on your toilets, such as drop-in cleaner tabs in the tank. When these tabs are almost completely dissolved, what’s left of the tab gets washed into the bowl. This can then end up clogging the toilet’s port holes, preventing the toilet from flushing properly. It can take months for this debris to finish dissolving in those holes.
Avoid placing fat, grease, and other oils into your drain. Oils will eventually harden and clog up your drain. A garbage disposal can even become clogged by hardened grease and it will not run at optimum speed and efficiency. Make certain you dispose of all oils in other places other than the sink.
Think about what plumbing work you need, then schedule them all at once. Rather than calling a plumber every time there is a minor problem, taking care of everything at once allows you to save money for additional repairs down the road. It also saves you money because a lot of plumbers charge by the hour–they cannot charge for multiple hours every trip if they only make one trip out.
In conclusion, plumbing is a very broad subject that covers a lot of everyday home improvements. There are some right ways and wrong ways to do it, but there is so much room for learning. Hopefully, this article gave you some advice on how to make plumbing work for you.