TIP! To keep your pipes from freezing in the winter, insulate all exterior pipes and be sure to keep your interior house temperature above freezing, even if the house is vacant. The pipes will be able to freeze if the temperature surrounding the pipes drops below freezing.

There is no time like the present to gain a better understanding of plumbing. You’ve probably thought about it in the past, but haven’t had the time to do it. Red this article, so that you can finally take the time if you have plumbing issues.

TIP! If you discover a problem with the garbage disposal, don’t ever reach into it with your hands to attempt to fix it. Garbage disposals can be dangerous, even when they are turned off.

If your toilet is clogged, the water level in the toilet is low, and a plunger is not doing the trick, you may be able to resolve the problem by pouring a bucket of warm water into the toilet from waist level or higher. If the water goes down to a lower level again, then you should repeat the procedure.

TIP! To maintain your garbage disposal and avoid malfunction, you should regularly clean it. If your garbage disposal begins to emit a bad smell, run some dish detergent and citrus rinds through the cycle to make it smell fresher.

Check for floor damage around your toilet. If the floor around your toilet feels softer than the rest of the floor in your bathroom, there’s damage you need to address. Sit reversed on the toilet (facing the tank) with your feet on the floor. Rock your weight onto each foot in turn and see if you can feel any weakness or “give” in the floor. You can save money if you notice the problem as soon as possible.

TIP! To lower the chance that you will have issues with your toilet, do not approach it like it’s a trash can. Do not flush sanitary pads, paper towels, cotton balls, tissues, diapers or other materials, as these items do not dissolve and could cause clogs.

If you have multiple plumbing problems, schedule all of them to be fixed together. Rather than calling a plumber every time there is a minor problem, taking care of everything at once allows you to save money for additional repairs down the road. You’ll save a ton of money by not having to pay a professional to come out multiple times, instead only paying them to show up once to handle different problems all at once.

Overflow Holes

TIP! Cleaning an aerator can remove sediment buildup that causes low water pressure. First, you should remove and disassemble the aerator.

Ensure your overflow holes aren’t clogged up. Sinks use overflow holes if they start to overfill, and this isn’t usually a problem, but it can be. Periodically clear out the overflow holes when doing your other checks for things that may need repaired.

TIP! When running your garbage disposal, plumbers recommend using only cold water to help ease food particles down the drain. Although some say that running water will help keep the disposal running smoothly, this isn’t always the case.

Run cold water through your garbage disposal. Blades will stay sharper with cold water, making disposal quicker. Hot water can clog your drain by allowing liquid grease to build up in it.

TIP! If possible, try not to use drain cleaners. The chemicals in those kinds of drain cleaners can be corrosive and might damage pipes if you keep using them.

If there is unwanted water draining into the dishwasher, it is most likely because of the hose to the kitchen sink being installed improperly. A hose that is properly installed should lead uphill, then downhill, to discourage water from each area from mixing.

TIP! A sewage backup into the toilet is caused by problems often deep within the sewage line. If you cannot take care of this blockage, a professional will have to come out and run a snake through the line in order to clear it.

Understanding how to fix basic plumbing problems is a valuable tool for any homeowner. You will be a great resource to your family and friends, and potentially save yourself quite a bit of money, as well. The hints and tips you were given were meant to be easy to understand and easy to utilize. With any luck, you learned something of interest that will come in handy when you are repairing, maintaining or updating the plumbing in your own home.