Water, while a life source, can mean major plumbing problems for homeowners. Beside natural disasters, not many other things can cause more destruction to a home than a serious problem with plumbing. There are a lot of things homeowners can do to prevent serious plumbing problems and reduce the effects if they do happen.
To deal with a frozen pipe, turn on the faucet closest to the pipe. This gives the water a place to exit as the pipe defrosts. This helps to relieve the pressure in the pipe and may prevent bursting, which can prevent further damage to your home.
Don’t put fat, grease and other oils into the drain. These materials may be liquid when you pour them in, but they will solidify and cause problems. If the sink has a garbage disposal, it will also make the blades less efficient. To keep your kitchen pipes clear, never dispose of grease down your sink drain.
Have all your plumbing needs scheduled all at once. It might be tempting to hire a plumber for every little problem, but if you can save it up for one big fix, then you have time to set money aside for these repairs. You can save money by only paying a single service call fee instead of ending up with multiple hours being billed from multiple visits.
Here is a good tip for a safe, inexpensive way to keep the drain in your bathtub trouble-free. Take one cup of baking soda and pour it into the drain. Then do the same with a cup of vinegar. Do this procedure once a month. Plug the drain afterwards or cover it with a washcloth, as the two chemicals are going to react with each other. Let that sit for a while, and then run boiling hot water down it. Although this is useful for clearing away simple clogs made of hair and soap debris, it will not work for serious blockages.
You need to be properly educated and prepared in order to stay away from plumbing problems. Knowing as much as you can about plumbing will lead to making sound decisions and avoiding costly plumbing problems. Also, homeowners who dig up information about a problem beforehand are much more likely to solve the problem faster and easier.