The great benefits provided by indoor plumbing are rather hard to explain to a homeowner dealing with a flooded basement, a broken fixture or a leak in a wall. There aren’t many ways to destroy a house faster than to leave a major plumbing problem unfixed. Plumbing education and preparation makes homeowners more prepared to deal with them.
While various toilet tablets and odor removers may be tempting, it’s best not to use them in your toilet. While they may be effective deodorizers, they can damage rubber parts in your toilet. If they become too damaged, your toilet will not operate properly.
If you have a clogged toilet and a plunger is not helping to clear the blockage, if the water level is low, pouring a bucking of boiling water from a height into the toilet bowl could resolve the problem. Repeat this procedure if necessary as the water returns back to a lower level.
Check your floors for softness around toilets, so that you can ascertain if there is any floor damage. Sit on the toilet and move from side to side, placing one foot on the ground. As you do, see if the floor lacks sturdiness or feels otherwise soft. This will save you a lot of trouble and money if you find the issue before something horrible happens.
Keep a strainer over every drain in your house to prevent stray debris from clogging your pipes. Clean the kitchen sink strainer any time something collects in it. Bathtub drains should be cleaned regularly as well.
By installing shower heads that are more efficient, you will be able to save a lot of money. You use the majority of your hot water in the shower. If you spend several extra dollars putting in energy-saving shower heads, you can potentially reduce your energy bill by $100 or more annually for every shower head used in your home.
If you see unwanted water that keeps draining into your dishwasher, the problem is most likely a hose running to your kitchen sink that was not correctly installed. The hose going from the dishwasher to the sink needs to angle uphill before going back downhill to prevent water from both being mixed.
Be sure to clean your dryer’s lint trap. This can prevent a lot of problems, including a fire. Also, check the lint trap to see if there are telltale signs that lint may be leaking into your pipes through holes and tears.
Keeping up with maintenance is the number one way to keep plumbers from having to come fix issues. Clogged drains are a major problem that often requires professional help. Clogs in drains are often caused by buildups of hair. Put drain covers over your bathtub and sink drains to keep loose hair from going down the drain or into your pipes. Make sure you clean the hair from the screen regularly. This should be much easier than cleaning a drain.
As it is with anything, good preparation and education are keys to avoiding problems, and this holds true with plumbing as well. Homeowners who become knowledgeable about plumbing are better able to avoid plumbing disasters. Keep the above tips in mind to be better prepared to quickly fix any plumbing problems that do arise.