One plumbing disaster can have catastrophic effects on your home and possessions. Stop plumbing problems before they start by applying the following tips.
If you discover that a water pipe has frozen, find the tap closest to the pipe so when the thaw happens, the water has an exit point. This will help relieve pressure in pipes to prevent them from bursting, which may prevent bigger damage for your home.
Know your plumbing tools and exactly how to use them before you start on any plumbing repair. Read each and every manual, and utilize the information that can be found in libraries and the Internet about do-it-yourself projects. Be sure to have a plan ahead of time before trying any type of repair, it could very expensive to fix the mistake.
Check for floor damage around your toilet. If the floor around your toilet feels softer than the rest of the floor in your bathroom, there’s damage you need to address. Sit reversed on the toilet (facing the tank) with your feet on the floor. Rock your weight onto each foot in turn and see if you can feel any weakness or “give” in the floor. You could save yourself money but noticing that problem sooner, rather than later.
Do not put any oil, fat, or greasy foods or products in your sink. They might be in liquid form, but after they cool off, they will solidify and make a clog in your drain pipe. This is very true for garbage disposal, since fat will make the blades run less quickly and efficiently. You should dispose of all oils outside of the sink.
To protect yourself when a plumbing problem arises, use the tips above. It simply takes research, and in some cases professional advice about what must be done and how to repair a problem correctly. The above plumbing advice can help you to avoid major fiascoes.