It is very common after you buy a house for some plumbing problems to start to come up. The most common places these problems pop up is in the kitchen or in the bathroom. Actually, sooner or later all homeowners will experience a plumbing issue of some sort. Continue on for some helpful tips so you can take care of these problems if they happen.
If one of your water pipes freezes, turn on the tap to the faucet nearest the pipe so that the water has somewhere to exit as the pipe thaws. By doing this, the pipe pressure is relieved, and this should stop it from bursting, which would prevent further home damage.
Only pay pay the plumber once the job is done. You may have to pay a portion of the cost before the plumber works on the job, but you should never have to pay in full until after everything has been correctly finished. If you pay everything up front, you have no recourse if the plumber doesn’t finish the job or doesn’t do it correctly.
Knowing what tools are what and the proper way to use them will make you much better at plumbing. Read all the user manuals, and make use of the library and internet to learn all about projects you can do by yourself. When planning on repairs, plan on having a plan.
Try to avoid putting things like fat, oils and grease down the sink drain. As they cool off, they can solidify and effectively create clogs and blockages in your drains. If the sink has a garbage disposal, it will also make the blades less efficient. You should dispose of all oils outside of the sink.
Keep the drain in your bathtub working well by pouring one cup baking soda into the drain quickly followed by about a cup of white vinegar. Seal off the drain with a conventional plug or a piece of fabric while the natural chemical reaction takes place. After a few minutes,just flush the drain out with water that has reached a boiling point. Doing this will probably void your pipes of hair accumulations and soap scum.
Homeowners cause themselves a disservice by not having a little plumbing knowledge prior to a plumbing problem. Always keep some basic tools on hand, and try to have some idea of how your plumbing works, as well as what to do in the event of an emergency. If you encounter a plumbing issue at some point, the tips provided here will assist you in handling it.