When it’s time to fix your plumbing, you might wonder where to start, what to consider, what equipment to buy and what rules to follow. Use these tips to help expand your plumbing knowledge.
If your pipes make squeaking and hammering noises, it may be very simple to fix. Any exposed pipes will need to be anchored. You may need to hire a professional to help with any projects involving pipes that are hidden in the floors, ceiling or walls.
Check the floors in your bathroom for any give in order to be sure that there is no damage in the floors. Straddle your toilet and gently rock foot to foot to see if your floor feels a little weak or soft. Identify any damage and repair it before it gets worse. In the long run, you are likely to save money by not putting off the repair.
If your home uses well water and orange or pink stains become noticeable in your bathtub or in other fixtures, this occurs when the water has too much iron. This is something that needs to be taken care of by water softener, which you can buy at a store, or have a company come out to your house and take care of it for you.
Keep your bathtub in good shape by using a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down its drain monthly. Cover it with a plug or rag, because a chemical reaction is sure to occur in your pipes. Pause a few minutes, and then follow the mixture with boiling water. Your pipes will soon be clear of accumulated hair and soap scum.
Ensure that your sink’s overflow holes are clear. Overflow holes are used in case the sink starts to overfill, which may not seem like a big problem–until it is. It’s easy to maintain your plumbing, in this regard. When you’re performing periodic checks, simply clear any overflow holes while checking for other potential problems.
You now know that while plumbing may seem intimidating, it is really not that complicated. There are just many basics to learn. All you need to do to start is do your homework, common sense, and best method to go about doing your job.