Water is important to all life forms, but it can be the bane of the frustrated homeowner who has to deal with plumbing problems. Fewer issues, minus a natural disaster, may cause so much damage to a home like a serious plumbing issue. The good news is there are steps that every homeowner can take to stop plumbing nightmares from coming to life, and for fixing them before they get out of control.
If you have noisy pipes that sound like hammering or squeaking, this is something that is easy to fix. Those pipes will need to be anchored if they are exposed. You may need the assistance of a professional in the case that the pipes are contained within a floor or ceiling.
You need to insulate any pipes have exposure to outside elements to avoid them freezing. You should also keep the temperature in the home above freezing to avoid your pipes freezing. If the temperature surrounding these pipes is below the freezing point, your pipes could freeze. It could take some time in order for the pipes to thaw out so that you can have running water. Frozen pipes can also burst, which can be very messy and expensive to repair.
If your water pipe has frozen, start water running in the faucet closest to the frozen pipe. This will give excess water somewhere to drain as the ice in the pipe thaws. This relieves the pressure contained in the pipe as it also prevents it from bursting, which would reduce the damage done to your house.
Make sure the job gets done by not paying your plumber until you are satisfied, and the work is completed. Although you might be required to pay a down payment before the job is initiated, never pay the bill in full until you are certain that the job is completed to your satisfaction. You want to make sure that the plumber completed everything that they said they would before they get your money.
If you have a clogged toiled with a lower water lever, and the plunger isn’t working, try pouring in some warm water directly into the toilet. Do this every time the water level gets too low.
You can keep your bathtub pipes clear by pouring baking soda and vinegar down your drain once a month. Use one cup of each. Plug the drain afterwards or cover it with a washcloth, as the two chemicals are going to react with each other. Wait for a little while and then allow boiling water to go down the drain. This procedure should be able to clear pipes of hair and soap scum.
To save a significant amount of cash on your energy bill, install energy-efficient shower heads in all of your showers. Most of your water bills comes from the water you use to shower. When you install an energy-efficient shower head, you will reduce your home’s water consumption, which means money left in your pocket.
Good education and preparation are the key to avoiding plumbing woes. A homeowner is likely to make good decisions and avoid plumbing disasters if he bothers to learn some things about the subject. Also, homeowners who dig up information about a problem beforehand are much more likely to solve the problem faster and easier.