If you are a homeowner and you have water issues, it can be a very daunting task. Nothing except for a natural disaster will cause more harm to a home than a serious plumbing problem. Thankfully, there are many steps a homeowner can take to prevent plumbing headaches from occurring, while also minimizing problems should they happen.
If you don’t want plumbing in your home frozen, then don’t let the inside temperature go under the freezing mark, and make sure any pipes that have no protection from the elements are thoroughly insulated. The pipes will be able to freeze if the temperature surrounding the pipes drops below freezing. It will take a while for the pipes to thaw, leaving you without running water. On the other hand, they can burst, which gets messy and really expensive.
If one of your water pipes freezes, turn on the tap to the faucet nearest the pipe so that the water has somewhere to exit as the pipe thaws. This will help relieve pressure in pipes to prevent them from bursting, which may prevent bigger damage for your home.
Don’t use any colored tablets that claim to be cleaners in your toilet. It may help to get rid of your toilet’s odors, but it will damage any rubber parts, causing your toilet to malfunction, or even break down.
Never reach into a garbage disposal that you think isn’t working. Even an un-powered garbage disposal presents significant danger. You can look online to find the diagram for the disposal that you have.
Feel the floors around the toilets to see if they are soft; this will help you know if you have any damage. Sit reversed on the toilet (facing the tank) with your feet on the floor. Rock your weight onto each foot in turn and see if you can feel any weakness or “give” in the floor. It could potentially save money by discovering any problems before too much damage occurs.
If you live in a home using well water and your bathtubs have stains pink and orange in color, this is likely a result of iron levels in the well water. Water softener can help this problem, and you can buy that at a store. Alternatively, you can hire someone to handle it.
Being properly informed and ready for any situation makes it much easier to avoid problems with plumbing. Knowing as much as you can about plumbing will lead to making sound decisions and avoiding costly plumbing problems. It is best for one to do one’s research and try fixing one’s plumbing issues before things get worse.