Once you own a home, you can expect problems to arise with your plumbing sooner or later. The majority of the time this happens in the kitchen or bathroom. Unfortunately, you should expect that plumbing issues can arise at any given time. This advice will make dealing with these problems as painless as possible.
To avoid frozen pipes in your home, never allow the temperature in your house to drop below freezing and insulate any pipes that are exposed to the elements. Your pipes can freeze if temperatures around them fall below freezing. In the best situation, it can take hours for frozen pipes to thaw and water to run freely again. Frozen pipes can also burst, which can be very messy and expensive to repair.
If your garbage disposal is having problems, don’t give in to the desire to attempt a fix by reaching down into the disposal. 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.
Every so often, inspect the floor around your toilet and see if it has gone soft. You can check for softness or weakness in the floor by placing one foot on each side of the toilet and rocking back and forth. Early detection of the problem may save you a great deal of money over time.
Look at the overflow holes to ensure they aren’t clogged up. Sinks use overflow holes if they start to overfill, and this isn’t usually a problem, but it can be. As you routinely look for things needing attention, check to be sure that the overflow holes are clear and unblocked.
If you run your garbage disposal after working in the kitchen, use a large quantity of cold water. Cold water helps to maintain the sharpness of the blades and makes the disposal run more smoothly. If you use hot water, any grease in the disposal will liquefy, causing it to accumulate further down the drain, which could cause clogs.
If water that is not supposed to be there is in the dishwasher, the likely culprit is a kitchen sink hose not properly attached. The water will not drain into the dishwasher from the sink if it is configured in an uphill and downhill position.
Don’t skimp on quality when it’s time to replace that shower head. People will buy the cheapest option thinking it will do the job they need it to do. The disadvantage to doing so is that these models are not highly durable and easily break.
It is never a good thing to be unprepared if a plumbing problem should occur. Invest in the proper tools, and learn the proper techniques for common plumbing problems. If you do have a plumbing problem in the future, the pointers you learned in this article will help you to deal with it.