Are you a skilled plumber? If you do, can you make it better? Are you good at plumbing? If you’re not satisfied with your responses to any of these questions, the following hints and tips can help.
Frozen pipes are on of the worst plumbing problems. Prevent the pipes from freezing by insulating any sections of pipe that are close to the outside walls, and never allowing the temperature inside to be below freezing. Your pipes can freeze if temperatures around them fall below freezing. It takes time for thawing to occur so you can have water again. However, they could burst, and that could make a mess and result in a big repair bill.
You should avoid using blue toilet tablets, bleach tablets or any other odor removers in your toilet. While these tablets may be an easy way to clean your toilet and hide odors, they also contain chemicals that can break down the rubber fixtures in your toilet. Long-term use of these products can slow or even stop the functioning of your toilet.
Check your floors for softness around toilets, so that you can ascertain if there is any floor damage. Do this by straddling the commode and rocking from side to side. You are looking for any feelings of weakness or softening of the floor itself. When you have a problem like this to deal with, the earlier you detect it, the less expensive it will be to take care of.
Keep a strainer over every drain in your house to prevent stray debris from clogging your pipes. Every time you have large particles in the strainer of the kitchen sink, it should be cleaned thoroughly. The ones in the bathroom can be cleaned out as needed.
If you have any plumbing work that needs to be done, schedule it all to be done concurrently. Of course, our natural inclination is to handle problems as they arise, but it helps to get everything done at once. Even if you only have one noticeable problem, you can still get a plumber to inspect other areas. It also saves you money because a lot of plumbers charge by the hour–they cannot charge for multiple hours every trip if they only make one trip out.
However, if you mix a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda and send them down your tub’s drain each month, the flow will keep going smoothly. Use a plug or rag to cover the drain, because there will be a chemical reaction in the pipes. Let that sit for a while, and then run boiling hot water down it. Although this is useful for clearing away simple clogs made of hair and soap debris, it will not work for serious blockages.
Do you know more about plumbing than you previously did? Do you feel you know more about the plumbing system in your home? Have your skills improved? Do you know how to choose things that will work with your home’s system? Are you able to appropriately make use of relevant tools? Hopefully, you are better prepared to answer these questions and tackle your own plumbing projects after reading this article.