Many things certainly can go wrong when you are dealing with plumbing work. Some of these are simple and straightforward problems, but many others are much more complicated. Whatever your particular situation, you need to be educated about plumbing so you will know if you need to call a plumber, or if you can fix it yourself.
If you discover a frozen water pipe, turn on a nearby faucet so that thawed ice has a place to go. This helps to relieve the pressure in the pipe and may prevent bursting, which can prevent further damage to your home.
Stay away from bleach tablets, blue tablets for the toilet and other toilet odor removers. They can clean the bowl and remove odors, but they also damage the soft plastic and rubber parts in and around your toilet.
If your toilet is clogged, the water level in the toilet is low, and a plunger is not doing the trick, you may be able to resolve the problem by pouring a bucket of warm water into the toilet from waist level or higher. Do this every time the water level gets too low.
If your garbage disposal is not working correctly, you should not try to fix it by putting your hand in through the drain. Even when they are turned off, disposals can be very dangerous. Locate your garbage disposal manual, or do an Internet search for troubleshooting advice and a diagram that illustrates your model.
You can check for damage to the floors around the toilets by checking for soft areas. Put a foot on each side of the toilet and put weight on each side, if you have any give you may have damage. You can save money if you notice the problem as soon as possible.
Give all drains strainers to gather particulate matter that can clog pipes. Clean out the one in the kitchen whenever there’s something trapped there that shouldn’t be. You should also clean your bathtub strainer any time it is slow to drain.
Do not pour grease or other oils in your sink or down your drain. They can clog your drains once they cool down. Grease is of particular concern when there is a disposal unit installed in your drain. It can cause the unit to lose efficiency. Get rid of any fat or oils outside or in the garbage can.
Make sure all the work on your plumbing is scheduled at one time. While you may be tempted to call the plumber whenever you have a slight problem, scheduling it all at once gives you the opportunity to save money to pay for the repairs. You will also save because plumbers usually charge hourly rates, so hours they can charge you are reduced if there is only one trip made.
As mentioned, there are a variety of plumbing problems, from small to large. By applying the tips that you have read, you will realize that dealing with your plumbing problems does not need to cause a lot of stress.