Everybody gets curious about how plumbing systems work, once in a while. We want to know how we can fix things ourselves and to learn basic maintenance tips. 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!
You don’t want to end up with frozen pipes, so take preventive action, such as wrapping outside pipes with insulation, and keeping indoor temperatures above freezing at all times. Pipes have the potential to freeze if the surrounding temperatures are below the freezing mark. In the best situation, it can take hours for frozen pipes to thaw and water to run freely again. But, more importantly, the pipes can burst, which will cause a huge mess and big repair bill.
Do not use harsh chemicals to clean or treat your toilet. These things may help improve smells, but they can damage the rubber components of a toiler, which can cause it to function improperly or even worse, completely break down.
If your toilet gets clogged, there is a low level of water in toilet, and the plunger is not working, you may fix the problem by dumping warm water from a bucket into your toilet from about waist level. Once the water level gets low again, repeat the process.
If something is wrong with the disposal in your sink, avoid the temptation to stick your hand in there to fix it. Garbage disposals are dangerous, even when turned off. Look for a diagram of the garbage disposal you have on the Internet.
The areas of floor around your toilets are particularly susceptible to water damage; here’s how you can check them. 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 could potentially save money by discovering any problems before too much damage occurs.
Keep a strainer over every drain in your house to prevent stray debris from clogging your pipes. Your kitchen sink strainer must be cleaned whenever it catches anything. Clean bathtub drain screens as often as needed.
Avoid dumping oil, fat, and grease in your drain. These substances will create clogs after cooling in your drain. This is very true for garbage disposal, since fat will make the blades run less quickly and efficiently. Make certain you dispose of all oils in other places other than the sink.
You can pour baking soda down a drain followed by some vinegar if you want to keep drains clear. This should be done once a month, and a cup each of baking soda and vinegar should be used. Plug up the drain and allow the chemical reaction to occur. After giving the mixture time to work, flush it out by running boiling water through the drain. By taking these steps, you have a good chance of ridding your pipes of hair and soap scum.
It is important to always run cold water while using your garbage disposal. The blades on the unit will remain sharper and disposal will proceed with few glitches. If you use hot water it will liquefy the grease, allowing it to accumulate in your drain causing your pipes to clog.
Having water leaking into the dishwasher, however annoying, is luckily an easy fix. The hose that runs from the kitchen sink to the dishwasher is not installed properly, and can be corrected quickly. The hose connecting the sink the the dishwasher should be at an uphill angle and then downhill to prevent the water from mixing.
If you have to take out the clean out plug and cannot do it, you can do it this two ways. Try to use a hammer and chisel to loosen it. If that fails, you will have to cut completely through the plug.
Do this little test to investigate whether your toilet leaks. The easiest way to perform this test is by placing a few food coloring drops in your toilet’s upper tank. Then, observe the bowl. If the water turns the same color as the food coloring, you know there is some sort of leak that must be fixed right away.
Being prepared will be of assistance, should a plumbing issue arise. Performing regular preventive maintenance is a great way to keep problems at bay. If you follow these tips, you can be ready to fix anything else that goes wrong with your plumbing.