When you invest some time and learn how to work on your homes plumbing, it will really show. What is represented is you wanting to keep things working and in order properly. That is very admirable. As with any other learned skill, you can augment and enhance your knowledge over time. The following hints and tips can help you get started.
Avoiding frozen pies is easy if you ensure no area of your house ever falls below freezing and that any pipes which are exposed to such temperatures are protected with insulation. But, be advised that your pipes may freeze if the surrounding temperature near those pipes is less than freezing. At best, it can take time for them to thaw and for you to be able to have running water. Frozen pipes can also burst, which can be very messy and expensive to repair.
If you discover a problem with the garbage disposal, don’t ever reach into it with your hands to attempt to fix it. Your garbage disposal is a dangerous device, even when turned off. Look for a diagram of the garbage disposal you have on the Internet.
Put the strainer on top of drains to catch any food that would go down and cause a clog. Your kitchen sink strainer needs cleaning every time something big gets stuck in it. Kitchen filters should be changed often, while bathtub filters can be changed as needed.
Maintain smooth functioning of the drain in your bathtub by dropping baking soda and then vinegar down it on a monthly basis. The combination will cause a chemical reaction, so just place a cloth or other object over the drain after pouring. Let that sit for a while, and then run boiling hot water down it. Your pipes will soon be clear of accumulated hair and soap scum.
Run cold water in your sink when you turn on the garbage disposal. The blades on the unit will remain sharper and disposal will proceed with few glitches. If you use hot water, any grease in the disposal will turn into liquid, while causes pipe clogging.
To limit toilet problems, don’t use it as a trash can. Avoid flushing pads, cotton, towels, tissues or anything that cannot dissolve easily to avoid plugging the pipes. Use the least amount of toilet paper you can when you use the toilet, too.
Enzyme-based cleaners are the best bet for unclogging stubborn clogged pipes. These cleaners employ helpful bacteria which process the sludge lining your pipes, and turn it to liquid. The best cleaner available on the market are the enzyme ones.
You now have enough knowledge and skills to effectively fix a plumbing system. Beautiful! From here, you need experience to get better. There is no limit to the amount of knowledge and experience you can have with plumbing, as it’s an area where learning is always part of the job. Perhaps you have acquired some go-to plumbing truths.