Leaky pipes and backed up water systems can be a serious headache to the homeowner that is faced with dealing with these issues. Beside natural disasters, not many other things can cause more destruction to a home than a serious problem with plumbing. As a homeowner, you can take some preventive steps to make sure you are not affected by serious plumbing issues.
If you have noisy pipes that sound like hammering or squeaking, this is something that is easy to fix. What you will have to do is anchor any pipes that are exposed. Enlisting the aid of a professional may be necessary if any of the pipes are located in the floors, walls, or ceiling.
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. In the very least, you could lose running water inside while waiting for the pipes to unfreeze. In the worst case, the pipes would burst, and you would be stuck with costly repairs and a very messy cleanup procedure.
Get the appropriate tools, and know exactly how to use them before you start working on your plumbing. Make sure to read all of your manuals, and use things such as the library and the internet to read up on do it yourself projects. Don’t just blindly rush into a project. Plan each project so that you don’t make costly mistakes.
Never put your hands in your garbage disposal to fix a problem. Even if it is are switched off, a garbage disposal can be very dangerous. Locate your garbage disposal manual, or do an Internet search for troubleshooting advice and a diagram that illustrates your model.
Cleaning your in-sink garbage disposal can extend its lifetime significantly. By having a regular cleaning routine, which includes a combination of lemon rinds, dish soap and even pits from a cherry, your disposal can be kept smelling fresh and running smoothly for many years to come.
Here is a good tip for a safe, inexpensive way to keep the drain in your bathtub trouble-free. Take one cup of baking soda and pour it into the drain. Then do the same with a cup of vinegar. Do this procedure once a month. This will cause the vigorous bubbling you may remember from the “volcano” in a grade school science project, so be sure to close the drain with a stopper. After giving the mixture time to work, flush it out by running boiling water through the drain. Although this is useful for clearing away simple clogs made of hair and soap debris, it will not work for serious blockages.
Being properly informed and ready for any situation makes it much easier to avoid problems with plumbing. 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. Also, those who are educated on plumbing can fix issues easier.