The best time to learn about plumbing is now. Perhaps you have considered learning, but haven’t been able to do so. The advice in the following article will help you to better understand plumbing, and give you the ability to solve some plumbing issues on your own.
It’s easy to fix noisy pipes which squeak or sound like hammering. You will need to anchor any exposed pipes. You may need the assistance of a professional in the case that the pipes are contained within a floor or ceiling.
If your garbage disposal is not working correctly, you should not try to fix it by putting your hand in through the drain. Your garbage disposal is a dangerous device, even when turned off. Hire a professional, or at least find your owner’s manual to look at a diagram of the disposal. Many owner’s manuals are available online, and may even contain interactive troubleshooters.
You should make sure not to put oils down the drain, such as grease and fat. When they cool off, they become hard and will clog your pipes. A garbage disposal can even become clogged by hardened grease and it will not run at optimum speed and efficiency. Dispose of your oils in a coffee can or other suitable container instead of your sink.
If you have a well at your home and notice pink or orange stains around the drains of your tub or sink, this is most likely caused by an excess of iron in your water. A water softener can filter out unnecessary minerals, and leave you with clean, usable water.
Keep the drains in your bathtub working properly by pouring a cup’s worth of baking soda and than a cup’s worth of vinegar directly down your drain every month. Use a plug or rag to cover the drain, because there will be a chemical reaction in the pipes. Let it sit a few minutes, then wash it all away with boiling water. This should help clear your pipes of accumulated hair and soap scum.
You should make sure that the holes are not stopped up on the overflow. Overflow holes exist to act as a double check in case of an overfilling sink. That may seem unimportant – but it will become a problem if they are clogged. Inspect and clean the overflow holes as part of your regular household maintenance.
By installing shower heads that are more efficient, you will be able to save a lot of money. Energy efficient shower heads can save you money on your energy bill and water bill. Install energy saving faucets throughout your home and you can recapture your cost within the year.
You should be able to understand your plumbing problems well enough to know if you can do it yourself, or if you should hire a plumber. You will not only save a ton of money, but you could actually make some money fixing minor plumbing issues your friends and family encounter. Hopefully you were able to understand all of the concepts covered here and found it to be interesting.