The great benefits provided by indoor plumbing are rather hard to explain to a homeowner dealing with a flooded basement, a broken fixture or a leak in a wall. There is not much else short of catastrophe that is going to cause as much damage to a home as plumbing issues. Thankfully, there are many steps a homeowner can take to prevent plumbing headaches from occurring, while also minimizing problems should they happen.
Never use your bare hands to try fixing your garbage disposal. Even if the disposal is turned off, it can still be hazardous. Go online and search for sketch of your disposal, or a troubleshooter.
If your house uses well water and there are orange or pink stains in tubs or sinks, it’s because of the iron level in the water. This is something that needs to be taken care of by water softener, which you can buy at a store, or have a company come out to your house and take care of it for you.
Keep your bathtub in good shape by using a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down its drain monthly. This will cause the vigorous bubbling you may remember from the “volcano” in a grade school science project, so be sure to close the drain with a stopper. After a few minutes,just flush the drain out with water that has reached a boiling point. This procedure should be able to clear pipes of hair and soap scum.
You should make sure that the holes are not stopped up on the overflow. You may not even notice the overflow holes on your sink, but if you have a major water leak you will soon regret your apathy. The overflow holes should be cleaned out regularly; do this when you are making your regular checks for other issues that necessitate fixing.
Swapping out old shower heads for energy-efficient ones can save you money on the energy bill. Your shower consumes a majority of the hot water usage in your home. If you invest in purchasing and installing shower heads that are energy-efficient, you can realize savings of approximately $100 each year for each shower head.
The keys to avoiding plumbing problems is great preparation and education. If you own a home and know the basics when it comes to plumbing, you are more likely to make necessary repairs when the need arises. It goes without saying that someone who has done research and is prepared before a problem arises will be better capable of fixing things faster.