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.