Do you know plumbing basics? Perhaps you could improve your skills. Do you possess the skills needed to perform basic repairs? If you’re not satisfied with your responses to any of these questions, the following hints and tips can help.
It’s easy to fix noisy pipes which squeak or sound like hammering. What you will have to do is anchor any pipes that are exposed. You might want to contact a professional when the pipes are hard to access.
If the water in your toilet is low along with the toilet being clogged, pour some extra water in the bowl to make the plunger effective again. If the water goes down to a lower level again, then you should repeat the procedure.
Never put your hands in your garbage disposal to fix a problem. Your garbage disposal is a dangerous device, even when turned off. Troubleshooting techniques and schematics of your garbage disposal are available on the Internet.
Use filters on all drains to prevent debris that might clog the pipes from getting through. Clean the kitchen sink strainer any time something collects in it. Clean bathtub drain screens as often as needed.
Try to never pour grease, fat, or any oil-based liquids into your drains. These substances will clog the drain as they cool and harden. Grease is of particular concern when there is a disposal unit installed in your drain. It can cause the unit to lose efficiency. Make sure you dispose of oils away from the sink.
If you live in a home using well water and your bathtubs have stains pink and orange in color, this is likely a result of iron levels in the well 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.
To keep things flowing smoothly through the drain of your bathtub, each month you should feed it baking soda, one cup’s worth, with a cup of vinegar to chase it. 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. Pause a few minutes, and then follow the mixture with boiling water. This process should open up the pipes by clearing out hair build-up and soap scum.
Flush your drain with a constant stream of cold water when operating your drain mounted disposal unit. The cold water will help keep the blades nice and sharp and will allow for a much smoother disposal. If you use hot water, any grease in the disposal will liquefy, causing it to accumulate further down the drain, which could cause clogs.
Do you know more about plumbing than you previously did? Do you know which type of plumbing your home has? Are your plumbing skills better now? Are you now well versed in what works well with your own system? Can you properly operate the equipment? Since this article was full of such great tips, you can probably confidently answer “yes” to all of these questions.