If you have never owned a house before, it is crucial to know that plumbing problems may happen quite soon after buying a new home. The majority of the time this happens in the kitchen or bathroom. Practically everyone will experience problems with their plumbing at some point in their lives. The following advice will assist you, should this situation arise.
If you don't want plumbing in your home frozen, then don't let the inside temperature go under the freezing mark, and make sure any pipes that have no protection from the elements are thoroughly insulated. Your plumbing can freeze if the air around it is below 32 degrees. It could take some time in order for the pipes to thaw out so that you can have running water. However, frozen pipes commonly break or crack pipes, leading to flooding and costly repairs.
Never use your bare hands to try fixing your garbage disposal. Garbage disposals are dangerous, even when turned off. Research on the Internet for diagrams, troubleshooters or FAQ's about your disposal.
Place a strainer on top of every drain so that you collect all debris that has the ability to clog the drain. You should clean your strainer in your kitchen anytime you have anything in it. The bathtub strainer will prevent hair from clogging up your drain.
If you have multiple plumbing problems, schedule all of them to be fixed together. It can be tempting to call a plumber each time you have a minor problem, but saving plumbing work for one time allows you to put money aside for the repairs. It also costs less because most plumbers will charge you per hour and include a minimum rate for coming out. If you call them out multiple times, those charges for them coming out will add up quickly.
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. Plug the drain afterwards or cover it with a washcloth, as the two chemicals are going to react with each other. Wait for a bit, then flush with boiling water. This procedure should clear the pipes of soap scum and accumulated hair.
It is very important to to use lots of cold water when running your garbage disposal. The blades will stay sharper, and the overall disposal process will run smoother. Running hot water down the drain while you are using the garbage disposal can cause the drain to clog from any grease that is in there liquefying.
An incorrectly installed hose from the kitchen sink to the dishwasher can cause unwanted water to drain into the dishwasher. The hose between the kitchen sink and the dishwasher has to have a peak in the middle so that the water can't wash back in the wrong direction.
It is never a good thing to be unprepared if a plumbing problem should occur. Every homeowner should arm themselves with a few basic plumbing tools and repair tips. If you've got a plumbing issue down the road, the tips you learned should help you a lot.
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