Water can play multiple roles in your life. It is essential in order to keep living, but it can be a ruthless enemy when it comes to plumbing issues. Few issues, short of a natural disaster, can cause more damage to a house than a serious plumbing fault. Fortunately for you, there are a ton of things you can do to prevent these nightmares and to fix them when they happen.
If you have pipes that sound as if they’re squeaking or hammering, it’s an easy fix. You must anchor all exposed pipes. If the pipes are in the walls, floors or ceiling, you may want to call a professional to come and help complete the project.
Stay away from bleach tablets, blue tablets for the toilet and other toilet odor removers. They may get rid of toilet odors, but they can damage the rubber in the toilet, which can cause it to break down completely or to not function at all.
You should put a strainer over your drains to catch anything that could clog your drain up. Clean your kitchen strainer often, particularly if you can see debris accumulating. Bathtub strainers need regular cleaning as well.
If you notice orange or pink stains in your bathroom fixtures, this is because of the iron in your water. This is fixed by using water softener, which can be bought at a store, or you can have someone come to your home and fix it.
Set up a time when all plumbing work will be completed at one time. You might be tempted to have a plumber come out for every little thing that happens, but kicking the can on some issues until you have a list means you can save a few bucks. Most plumbers have an hourly rate and a flat rate for the trip: asking a plumber to fix multiple problems in one trip is cheaper than calling them more than once.
Keep your bathtub in good shape by using a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down its drain monthly. Plug the opening or cover it with a cloth while the chemical reaction takes place. Allow some time to pass, then follow up by pouring down boiling hot water. Doing this will help rid your pipes of disgusting soap scum and blockages.
Education and prevention are often the keys when it comes to avoiding plumbing-related problems. Just a little information can make a big difference when it comes to preventing plumbing problems. Keep the above tips in mind to be better prepared to quickly fix any plumbing problems that do arise.