It is very common after you buy a house for some plumbing problems to start to come up. Most of the time these problems arise in the bathroom or the kitchen. Really, at some point every homeowner will deal with some kind of plumbing problem. Here are some tips to help you when that happens.
If you have noisy pipes that sound like hammering or squeaking, this is something that is easy to fix. You will need to anchor any 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.
You should avoid using blue toilet tablets, bleach tablets, or any other odor removers in your toilet. Both of these may help to eliminate odors from your toilet, but it can also damage the rubber parts of your toilet, causing it to not function probably, or even to break down completely.
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. You can repeat this procedure once the water returns to a low level.
Avoid putting grease, fat, and other oils down your drain. When they cool, they will harden and create clogs in your drains. This is especially true if you have a garbage disposal, as the fat will cause the blades to run slower and less efficiently. Make sure you dispose of oils away from the sink.
In order to ensure that your garbage disposal will last for as long as your home, keep it clean on a regular basis. By regularly incorporating a routine using a combination of dish soap, lemon rinds, and even cherry pits, you can keep your disposal running smoothly and smelling as fresh as the day it was installed.
Check to make sure that overflow holes are not clogged up. Overflow holes are used in case the sink starts to overfill, which may not seem like a big problem–until it is. Clear the overflow holes periodically when you are doing your periodic checks for other problems and things that need to be repaired.
Prevention is the key to keeping your plumbing repair bills down. One of the major repairs is clogs. Hair can clog drains. You can stop this by using a screen or drain cover that is designed to keep hair out of your drain and pipes. It is much easier to remove the hair from a screen than it is to get it out of a pipe.
The worst thing you can do is to be unprepared when a plumbing problem arises. Every homeowner should arm himself or herself with a few basic plumbing tools and repair tips. If you do have a plumbing problem in the future, the pointers you learned in this article will help you to deal with it.