How much knowledge do you have when it comes to plumbing? What improvements would you make? What is your skill set like? If you are not happy with your answers to these questions, use the tips below to learn more about plumbing.
If you discover a pipe has frozen, open a tap on the line to allow the thawing ice to drain. Letting the water drain out will relieve pressure in the frozen pipe, which will reduce the chances of it bursting and damaging your home.
You need to avoid using any kind of tablet or odor remover in your toilet if at all possible. They may get rid of toilet odors, but they can damage the rubber in the toilet, which can cause it to break down completely or to not function at all.
Do not put any oil, fat, or greasy foods or products in your sink. These substances will create clogs after cooling in your drain. This is very true for garbage disposal, since fat will make the blades run less quickly and efficiently. To keep your kitchen pipes clear, never dispose of grease down your sink drain.
Keep the drain in your bathtub working well by pouring one cup baking soda into the drain quickly followed by about a cup of white vinegar. Cover the drain with a plug or rag as you wait for the chemical reaction between the vinegar and baking soda to happen in your pipes. Wait for a little while and then allow boiling water to go down the drain. Your pipes will soon be clear of accumulated hair and soap scum.
Water that drains back into your dishwasher is likely due to an improper sink hook up. Your hose must run in a hill pattern to avoid water mixing. Think of the St. Louis Arch — start from your sink, go uphill with the hose, and then down before connecting to the dishwasher. This way, only pressurized water can travel through the hose. Leakage won’t be an issue.
Enzyme-based cleaners are the best bet for unclogging stubborn clogged pipes. These cleaners use natural bacteria, which turns sludge into liquid and cleans your pipes. Some of the finest cleaners are enzyme cleaners.
The dryer has a lint trap that must be kept clean. By keeping it clean, you can prevent fires and other problems. Regularly check your dryer’s lint trap to see if it has any tears or holes that could potentially damage your dryer, and clog up your plumbing.
An expensive plumbing issue to pay for repairs is when your pipes freeze. Thankfully, you can prevent your pipes from freezing. First, ensure that all outside pipes have sufficient insulation. When it gets colder, disconnect and drain the hoses and turn the outside faucet off. This will keep you from paying too much to your plumber.
How is your knowledge level with respect to plumbing now? Are you aware of the specific piping in your house? What is your level of ability? Do you think you can use the information that will fix your system? Can you use the tools for fixing your plumbing system properly? Feel confident in your new insights and apply the knowledge as needed.