Often, the plumbing in a house starts malfunctioning soon after you move in. These problems are usually in the kitchen or bathroom. Plumbing troubles are an expected part of home ownership. The following advice will assist you, should this situation arise.
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. Once the water is lower, do this again.
If you encounter a problem with your garbage disposal, resist the urge to reach in and fix it with your bare hands. Even when they are turned off, disposals can be very dangerous. Try to find a diagram, or troubleshooting guide for your particular disposal on the Internet.
Place a strainer over the drains to collect anything that could clog and cause stoppage. Each time a filter is clogged, it should be cleaned. Clean out the bathtup strainer every few days before it becomes clogged.
Do not pour grease or other oils in your sink or down your drain. These substances will clog the drain as they cool and harden. Even with a garbage disposal, you are going to cause it to be less efficient and risk drain backups. Throw away oils nowhere near the sink.
Whenever you have plumbing work that needs to be done, you should schedule all problems at one time. You may want to have each minor problem attended to as the occur, but having multiple repairs done at once allows you to save up for the cost. Because most plumbers charge labor by the hour on top of a flat call rate, you can significantly reduce your bill by reducing the trips they make to your home.
However, if you mix a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda and send them down your tub’s drain each month, the flow will keep going smoothly. The combination will cause a chemical reaction, so just place a cloth or other object over the drain after pouring. Wait for a little while, and then pour boiling water down the drain. Doing this will help rid your pipes of disgusting soap scum and blockages.
Use cold water when using your garbage disposal. The blades will stay sharper, and the overall disposal process will run smoother. Running hot water down the drain while you are using the garbage disposal can cause the drain to clog from any grease that is in there liquefying.
If you have unwanted water that drains in your dishwasher, it’s probably due to the kitchen sink’s hose being improperly installed. This hose should lead uphill first and then downhill so the water from the sink and the dishwater never mix.
Homeowners cause themselves a disservice by not having a little plumbing knowledge prior to a plumbing problem. All homeowners should have at least a basic understanding on plumbing tools and improvement tips. The next time something goes wrong, you’ll be ready.