Many people think do-it-yourself plumbing is difficult. If you know what to do and have the right tools, you can fix anything. This article will help you do some plumbing and finish the project you have on hand.
If you have pipes that make hammering and squeaking noises, you have one easy repair. Exposed pipes need to be anchored. If pipes are located in the floors, ceiling or walls, a professional might be needed for the job.
Don’t let your house temperature drop to below freezing and make sure to insulate anything that is exposed to the outside elements to prevent frozen pipes. If the temperature surrounding these pipes is below the freezing point, your pipes could freeze. The best result you can hope for from frozen pipes is to be without water until the pipes thaw. However, frozen pipes often burst, causing damage to your home and a hefty repair bill.
You do not give the plumber all the money until he is finished with his work. In some cases, you have to make a down payment prior to the first day of work. This is okay to do; however, don’t let your plumber talk you into paying the entire cost of a job before he’s finished, and never pay the whole cost before he’s even begun. You should know the plumber did his job before you pay him.
Place a strainer on top of every drain so that you collect all debris that has the ability to clog the drain. Clean your kitchen strainer often, particularly if you can see debris accumulating. Bathtub drains should be cleaned regularly as well.
Keep your garbage disposal clean and it will last longer. Prevent unsavory disposal odors through regular use of citrus peel, cherry pits and dish detergent.
If you have multiple plumbing problems, schedule all of them to be fixed together. If a problem is minor, it can be wise to put off repair until you have more than one item to fix. This also gives you time to save up for the needed repairs. Most plumbers charge an hourly fee that can be minimized if there is only one visit to your home.
Each month, treat your drains by pouring one cup of baking soda down it, and then follow that with a cup of regular white vinegar. Put a rag over the drain afterward, though, to keep the chemicals from coming back up after the reaction. After about 10 minutes you can flush the pipes out with boiling water. Your pipes will soon be clear of accumulated hair and soap scum.
Ensure overflow holes have not been clogged. The overflow holes are there to make sure the sink doesn’t overfill, which can become a problem if they are blocked. Take the time to clean out the overflow holes as you go through your house doing your regular checks for various issues.
As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and you’ll be on your way to doing your own plumbing.