Although water is the main source of life, in plumbing it can be the most detrimental and frustrate every homeowner. There is not a lot besides a natural disaster that can damage a house more than a huge plumbing problem. Luckily, there are many things people can do to stave off plumbing disasters and make sure the damage is minimal when unexpected events do happen.
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. Obviously, frozen pipes occur due to freezing environmental conditions. If they do freeze, you are looking at some time before they can thaw out, thus you will have to wait for running water. Frozen pipes can also burst, which can be very messy and expensive to repair.
Knowing all your different tools and how they are used will be a great help when you work on a plumbing job. Make sure you read all the directions and manuals, while also taking advantage of online resources and the library to help you with your projects. Before attempting any repairs, plan ahead, or you may make a costly mistake.
Avoid using any tablets that are meant to reduce odor in and around your toilet. 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 you get your water from a well and orange or pink stains appear in your sink or tub, then you can be sure that the culprit is iron in your water. You can combat this by using a water softener. You can either purchase it at a store, or hire a company to come to your house to set it up for you.
If you have any plumbing work that needs to be done, schedule it all to be done concurrently. While you may be tempted to call the plumber whenever you have a slight problem, scheduling it all at once gives you the opportunity to save money to pay for the repairs. It can also save money since most plumbers will charge you by the hour. Coming out just once will cut down on the time it takes, making your bill smaller.
Keep the drains in your bathtub working properly by pouring a cup’s worth of baking soda and than a cup’s worth of vinegar directly down your drain every 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. Wait a while, and then use boiling water to flush. Doing this periodically should keep your pipes free of hair and soap scum.
The keys to avoiding plumbing problems is great preparation and education. When a homeowner knows a few things about plumbing, he is going to make smart decisions when dealing with plumbing problems. If a problem does arise, research and preparation ahead of time will make the problem easier to fix.