Being able to take care of basic plumbing around the house is a useful skill. Are you interested in fixing it yourself? If you have decided to learn more about how to better maintain your home’s plumbing, read on for some ideas. Fixing problems yourself will require the purchase of specific tools but you will end up saving money on a professional plumber.
If you have noisy pipes that sound like hammering or squeaking, this is something that is easy to fix. You simply have to securely fasten any pipes that are exposed. For pipes that are situated inside walls, or the floor or ceiling, you should hire a professional.
To eliminate the possibility of having frozen pipes, maintain a constant temperature in your home above freezing, and be certain to adequately insulate those pipes that are out in the weather. Obviously, frozen pipes occur due to freezing environmental conditions. The best result you can hope for from frozen pipes is to be without water until the pipes thaw. Frozen pipes can also burst, which can be very messy and expensive to repair.
Keep grease, fat and oil out of your kitchen drain. When they cool, they will harden and create clogs in your drains. Especially if you operate a garbage disposal, the fat causes blades to be less efficient. Dump your oil outside or in a container that you throw out with the regular trash.
Check the overflow holes for clogs. These passages allow your sink to fill up without overflowing onto your floor, and if they’re blocked that can cause you a major headache. When you’re periodically checking your sink for possible problems, take the time to clean out the overflow holes.
You need to make sure that your lint trap is clean for your dryer. This is a good idea for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is fire safety. Be sure to inspect the lint screen for any tears or holes. That could result in lint traveling down your pipes, and that may result in clogs and other issues that have to be dealt with.
Applying prevention measures is key to preventing plumbing issues. Clogged drains are a major problem that often requires professional help. You can clog your drains with hair. You can prevent hair from getting into your drains by simply installing a device on top of your drain such as a screen, which will trap the hair from getting into the pipes. Most objects will not fall through the drain cover, and even hair usually won’t make it through.
When water pipes freeze, the damage can be extensive and costly. Fortunately, such damage is easy to prevent. First, you need to check your outside pipe to make sure it has the proper insulation. With the onset of colder weather, disconnect and drain any hoses and shut off outside faucets. A bit of prevention prevents a costly plumbing bill.
After this bit of light reading, you may even find yourself optimistic in beginning your plumbing work. Hopefully, these new things yield results that work for you. If not, keep trying new methods until you are happy with the results.