TIP! Obnoxiously loud pipes that like to squeal and hammer are easy situations to correct. If pipes are exposed, you must anchor them.

It is a common occurrence after you purchase a home to eventually see plumbing problems start to crop up. The most common places these problems pop up is in the kitchen or in the bathroom. Every homeowner has to deal with plumbing issues. Some jobs can be done by the homeowner for a huge savings, so here is some advice to show you how.

TIP! If a plumbing project is in your future, know two things: what tools you have, and how you are supposed to use them. You should read the manual with any new tool you purchase.

If your pipes are so noisy that they sound like squeaking or hammering, you can easily solve this problem. Exposed pipes need to be properly anchored. You might have to call a professional to help finish the project if pipes are in floors, ceiling or walls.

TIP! If your toilet is clogged, the water level in the toilet is low, and a plunger is not doing the trick, you may be able to resolve the problem by pouring a bucket of warm water into the toilet from waist level or higher. The water should go down, and you can pour another bucket of water if the toilet is still clogged.

If a water pipe freezes, you should turn the on tap that is nearest to the pipe to ensure the water has a place to get out when the pipe thaws out. This helps decrease any pressure in order to prevent burst pipes. A burst pipe can create damage that is expensive to repair.

TIP! Do not pour grease or other oils in your sink or down your drain. When they cool, they will harden and create clogs in your drains.

If your garbage disposal is not working correctly, you should not try to fix it by putting your hand in through the drain. Garbage disposals can be dangerous, even if they are powered off. Try to find a diagram, or troubleshooting guide for your particular disposal on the Internet.

TIP! Try to have all your plumbing repairs done at once. You might be tempted to call the plumber every time you need something fixed, but if you wait and hire the plumber for a single visit, you can save up money for repairs.

Don’t put oil, grease or fat into your drain. When they cool, they’ll harden and clog your drain. A garbage disposal can even become clogged by hardened grease and it will not run at optimum speed and efficiency. To keep your drain running efficiently, dispose of fats and oils in other ways besides pouring them down the drain.

TIP! Regularly check your overflow holes to make sure they’re not clogged. The overflow holes are there to make sure the sink doesn’t overfill, which can become a problem if they are blocked.

If your home has well water and you start seeing orange or pink stains, that is from iron in your water supply. You should purchase a water softener to use, or ask a local business to make a visit to your residence and resolve the issue for you.

TIP! It is very important to to use lots of cold water when running your garbage disposal. Cold water keeps the blades sharpened, giving you optimal performance whenever it is used.

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. Cover it with a plug or rag, because a chemical reaction is sure to occur in your pipes. Wait a while, and then use boiling water to flush. This procedure should be able to clear pipes of hair and soap scum.

TIP! Clean your dryer’s lint trap. This could prevent you from a tons of trouble, and it can also prevent fires.

Always have cold water running when you are using your garbage disposal. The cold water helps the blades that are inside stay sharp, and will keep your disposal running smoothly. Hot water will liquefy grease and build up inside the drain, eventually causing clogs.

TIP! Having to repair pipes that freeze could be very costly. Fortunately, it’s usually an avoidable problem.

Homeowners cause themselves a disservice by not having a little plumbing knowledge prior to a plumbing problem. All homeowners should have at least a basic understanding on plumbing tools and improvement tips. If you encounter a plumbing issue at some point, the tips provided here will assist you in handling it.