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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.