Now is a great time to enhance your plumbing knowledge. You may have thought of doing it before now, but you just couldn’t find the time to do so. Read the tips in this guide and you’ll be happy you did it if ever you experience any plumbing issues.
To avoid frozen pipes in your home, never allow the temperature in your house to drop below freezing and insulate any pipes that are exposed to the elements. Pipes have the potential to freeze if the surrounding temperatures are below the freezing mark. It will take a while for the pipes to thaw, leaving you without running water. They could also burst costing you a lot of money and repairs.
Know your plumbing tools and exactly how to use them before you start on any plumbing repair. Use manuals and online sites to get informed before doing a plumbing project yourself. Be sure to plan before starting a repair, because it can be expensive to fix mistakes.
If your garbage disposal is giving you problems, never stick your hand in it to fix it yourself. Even while turned off, the garbage disposal is still a dangerous place for your fingers. Try to find a diagram, or troubleshooting guide for your particular disposal on the Internet.
A strainer positioned over a drain can prevent stoppage by collecting food particles as they try to enter the drain. Every time you have large particles in the strainer of the kitchen sink, it should be cleaned thoroughly. You should also clean your bathtub strainer any time it is slow to drain.
Maintain smooth functioning of the drain in your bathtub by dropping baking soda and then vinegar down it on a monthly basis. Cover with a rag or plug, as a chemical reaction will occur in the pipes. Let that sit for a while, and then run boiling hot water down it. This should help clear your pipes of accumulated hair and soap scum.
Install water-saving shower heads to reduce your energy costs. Most of the hot water used in the home is used while showering. If you invest in purchasing and installing shower heads that are energy-efficient, you can realize savings of approximately $100 each year for each shower head.
If you have unwanted water that drains in your dishwasher, it’s probably due to the kitchen sink’s hose being improperly installed. The hose connecting the sink the the dishwasher should be at an uphill angle and then downhill to prevent the water from mixing.
If you have to replace any of your shower heads, make sure that the replacement is the best one you can afford. Some people think they can get away with the cheapest version at the store. However, cheap parts don’t work as well and break down more quickly.
Knowing about basic plumbing is a valuable skill. The knowledge you learn on it will make you an essential resource for your family and your friends, potentially saving you and them substantial amounts of money. Hopefully you have learned from these tips and will apply these the next time you need to.