TIP! If your water pipe has frozen, start water running in the faucet closest to the frozen pipe. This will give excess water somewhere to drain as the ice in the pipe thaws.

When it comes time for you to start maintaining and fixing your own plumbing, you may wonder where to begin. There are so many things to consider when purchasing tools and equipment and when following regulations and instructions. These tips can help you become a much better plumber.

If a plunger is ineffective, you might be able to do the trick with a bucket of warm water. Once the water is lower, do this again.

TIP! If something is wrong with the disposal in your sink, avoid the temptation to stick your hand in there to fix it. Even when the garbage disposal is turned off they can be dangerous.

Iron will cause orange or pink stains in and on your fixtures if you have a well. This is fixed by using water softener, which can be bought at a store, or you can have someone come to your home and fix it.

Garbage Disposal

TIP! Place a strainer on top of every drain so that you collect all debris that has the ability to clog the drain. Whenever large particles become trapped in the strainer, remove them.

Keep the garbage disposal clean to make sure it will last as many years as your house does. By regularly “cleaning” the disposal with lemon rinds, cherry pits and dish soap, you can make sure that your garbage disposal is running well and smelling so clean it could be new.

TIP! Water that leaves behind pink or orange tinged stains has an excessive amount of iron. A water softener will take care of the issue.

You can drastically reduce your utility bills with the installation of shower heads designed for better efficiency. A lot of the hot water that we use is used when we shower. Invest in an energy-efficient shower head and you could save a hundred dollar every year on your water bill.

TIP! Schedule all your plumbing work at the same time. Of course, our natural inclination is to handle problems as they arise, but it helps to get everything done at once.

If you notice water draining into your dishwasher, check how the kitchen sink hoses are installed. Your hose must run in a hill pattern to avoid water mixing. Think of the St. Louis Arch — start from your sink, go uphill with the hose, and then down before connecting to the dishwasher. This way, only pressurized water can travel through the hose. Leakage won’t be an issue.

TIP! 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, since a chemical reaction should happen in the pipes.

Plumbing should not seem as complicated now. You just need the basics to get started. All you need are some tools, patience, curiosity, and no fear of manual labor. Use these skills in tandem with the information you learned here, and you will have the job finished in no time.