The subject of plumbing can be quite complex. If the thought of basic plumbing repair has you running for cover, please keep reading for some very helpful and practical advice that should make life much easier for you.
When starting a plumbing project that is due to loud noises in your pipes empty the pipes first. This can be an easy fix to an other wise wasted huge job. Just close the main water line and open the facets throughout the house. After the water has stopped flowing turn the water on from the main source and check to see if the noise is eliminated.
Do not fall for the idea that liquid grease can be easily washed down the drain with hot water. While the grease may flow past the initial drain with the water, it does not take much of a temperature change as it moves through your pipes to alter from liquid to solid. The repeat habit of dumping grease in the sink is a sure-fire way to ensure a hard-to-reach clog forming in the future.
To avoid having your outdoor faucets freeze up in the winter, detach all hoses before the first freeze. Also, close the shutoff valve that leads to the outdoor faucets, then turn on the outdoor faucets to let any remaining water in the lines drain. Once temperatures warm up in the spring, you can reverse the process.
Make sure you clean out overflow holes in your kitchen and bathroom sinks on a regular basis. These holes are intended to act as an emergency fail-safe to prevent spillage from a full sink, but if they are clogged they can’t do their job. You can clean out an overflow hole using the same techniques you would for a clogged drain.
Do not attempt to fix your garbage disposal by reaching in with your hands. Garbage disposals can be very dangerous, so take caution when fixing it, even while it’s turned off. Use a guide or the Internet to locate a blueprint of your disposal, or a troubleshooting manual.
The key towards maintaining low plumbing repair bills is prevention. Drain clogs are probably the most frequent issue you will run into with your plumbing. Clogs in drains can be caused by hair, among other things. Screens and drain covers are great ways to stop hair from going down your drains. Cleaning hair from the screen is a much easier affair than it would be to get the hair out of the pipe.
As you can see, plumbing isn’t so scary when you know what to do. Follow the tips you’ve read here next time you have a problem with your plumbing, and soon your problem will be solved, all without having to call an expensive plumber to fix the problem for you.