While plumbing is a complex discipline, it can be learned, taught and researched by anyone who is willing to put forth the effort. Hopefully, finding this list of helpful tips will help you with your plumbing methods and skill set.
To deal with a frozen pipe, turn on the faucet closest to the pipe. This gives the water a place to exit as the pipe defrosts. Doing so provides pressure relief, and might spare you the damage of a burst pipe.
Inspect around the toilets for softness in the floors to see if any damage has occurred. You can check for softness or weakness in the floor by placing one foot on each side of the toilet and rocking back and forth. You can save a lot if you catch these issue sooner.
To keep your garbage disposal working at its best, use plenty of cold water when you turn it on. When cold water hits the garbage disposal, it sharpens the blades. This keeps the disposal working properly. When you use hot water, any grease that is in the garbage will melt and be more prone to stopping up your drain.
One easy way to save on energy and water is to install efficiency-oriented shower heads. Most households use a lot of hot water in the shower. By installing energy-efficient shower heads for a few extra dollars, you can save up to $100 or more a year per shower head in your house.
Trash should go in the trash basket, not the toilet. Use the toilet for what it is designed for, and it won’t give you a lot of problems. You should never flush cotton balls, sanitary pads, tissues, paper towels, diapers, or certain other materials, because these things don’t dissolve and could clog up your toilet. Even toilet tissue should be used conservatively. Use enough to clean yourself, of course, but if you need to use wads of tissue you should flush several times in the process instead of waiting till the end.
Always remember to keep your dryer’s lint trap clean. This could prevent you from a tons of trouble, and it can also prevent fires. Be certain that you thoroughly inspect the trap to ensure there are no tears or holes that may allow lint to travel to the pipes.
Don’t bother running your water when you use the garbage disposal. It is assumed that food will go down more smoothly if the water is running, though in reality that does nothing good. In contrast, it could actually cause garbage or waste to stick to the insides of the disposal and do more damage than good.
Stay away from drain cleaners if possible. Drain cleaners contain caustic and damaging chemicals which can destroy your pipes if used too often. When you have a plumbing blockage, consider calling out a professional to determine what the source of the problem is.
Not as bad as you thought, correct? Just as with any topic, plumbing has a wide variety of facts associated with it. A nudge in the right direction may be enough to get you started. Hopefully, the tips above have given you the information you need.