Everybody gets curious about how plumbing systems work, once in a while. If a problem occurs, most people want to have the ability to fix it ourselves. We’d also like to know some more general maintenance hints. Read this article to give you the basic knowledge to allow you to fix any problem you face and keep your plumbing system in tip-top shape!
To prevent pipes in your house from freezing, do not let the temperature in the house dip below freezing. Also, any pipes exposed to the cold should be insulated. If the temperature surrounding the pipes is anywhere below freezing, this can cause the pipes to freeze. The best case scenario is that you can heat the pipes and the water will start flowing again. However, frozen pipes often burst, causing damage to your home and a hefty repair bill.
Understanding how your tools work can give you a tremendous boost when plumbing. Use manuals and online sites to get informed before doing a plumbing project yourself. Have a good grasp of what you’re attempting to do before you do it, so you don’t have to repair your repair.
Stay away from bleach tablets, blue tablets for the toilet and other toilet odor removers. These may deodorize, but they can seriously damage the rubber pieces in the toilet, causing poor functionality or even complete breakdown of the fixture.
If a plunger is ineffective, you might be able to do the trick with a bucket of warm water. Do this as often as necessary if the water level dips back down again.
Every so often, inspect the floor around your toilet and see if it has gone soft. Sit reversed on the toilet (facing the tank) with your feet on the floor. Rock your weight onto each foot in turn and see if you can feel any weakness or “give” in the floor. 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.
Sifting drainers are available for any size drain to prevent items larger than a grain of sand going into your pipes. Whenever large particles become trapped in the strainer, remove them. Strainers placed in a bathtub can be cleaned periodically.
Don’t put fat, grease and other oils into the drain. These substances will clog the drain as they cool and harden. Grease is of particular concern when there is a disposal unit installed in your drain. It can cause the unit to lose efficiency. Don’t put oils down the sink.
If you have well water and discover orange or pink discoloration on your bathtub or sink, you probably have iron in your water supply. Water softener can help this problem, and you can buy that at a store. Alternatively, you can hire someone to handle it.
You need to know how to address problems before you actually experience them. Checking your plumbing system and maintaining it regularly is a good way to prevent issues from appearing. Following the ideas and tips contained here can help you take care of many of your plumbing repairs in the future.