TIP! Noisy pipes is an easy do-it-yourself project. Anchoring exposed pipes will decrease the amount of noise your plumbing system makes.

Plumbing maintenance is one of the biggest responsibilities of home ownership. There are many reasons why calling a plumber might not be an option, and in some cases it is not even necessary. The following article provides you with hints and tips that can help you update, maintain and repair your home’s plumbing system.

TIP! If your water pipe freezes, switch on the nearest faucet tap to that pipe so that water can exit when the pipe thaws. This reduces pressure to keep the pipe from bursting, which could prevent a big mess in your home.

If you discover a pipe has frozen, open a tap on the line to allow the thawing ice to drain. Letting the water drain out will relieve pressure in the frozen pipe, which will reduce the chances of it bursting and damaging your home.

TIP! You can resolve most toilet clogs yourself. Try a plunger first.

Toilet discs and odor removers should never be used in your toilet. These products will reduce the smell, but they will also cause problems with the rubber gaskets. Over time, the damage will accumulate and could eventually stop the toilet from functioning at all.

TIP! If you encounter a problem with your garbage disposal, resist the urge to reach in and fix it with your bare hands. Even an un-powered garbage disposal presents significant danger.

If the water in your toilet is low along with the toilet being clogged, pour some extra water in the bowl to make the plunger effective again. The water needs to be at a low level again in order to repeat the process.

TIP! Keep your garbage disposal clean to make sure it lasts for awhile. In order to keep it clean, you can use a mixture of dish soap, cherry pits and lemon rinds which will keep the disposal running smooth and smelling fresh.

Sifting drainers are available for any size drain to prevent items larger than a grain of sand going into your pipes. Clean your kitchen strainer often, particularly if you can see debris accumulating. Bathtub strainers need regular cleaning as well.

Garbage Disposal

TIP! When changing your shower head, replace it with one of good quality. Some people think that one shower head is like any other, so decide on price alone.

In order to ensure that your garbage disposal will last for as long as your home, keep it clean on a regular basis. Keep your garbage disposal fresh and running by using dish soap, cherry pits and lemon rinds regularly.

TIP! Clean your dryer’s lint trap. This not only prevents fires, but saves money.

Have all your plumbing needs scheduled all at once. You might want to call every time you need a tiny issue fixed with your plumbing, but if you know the system is bad, if you just call once, you can start saving for the major repair before you call. It also saves you money because a lot of plumbers charge by the hour–they cannot charge for multiple hours every trip if they only make one trip out.

TIP! Prevention is the key to keeping your plumbing repair bills down. Clogs are a big problem with plumbing, and they are quite common.

Make sure a new shower head is of high quality. People will buy the cheapest option thinking it will do the job they need it to do. Usually these break easily.

TIP! Clean the aerator to if you are dealing with low water pressure issues due to sediment buildup. Take the aerator off, disassemble it, and brush it clean with a little vinegar.

What the article above does is illustrate just how easy it is to make repairs to your home’s plumbing. This knowledge is extremely valuable not only for fixing up your own home, but also for not having to rely on other people.