Plumbing problems can be devastating issues for a homeowner to experience. Unfortunately, there are many homeowners that have a limited understanding about the steps that can protect their plumbing from routine damages and disruptive problems.
Understand The Limits On What Your Garbage Disposal Can Handle
A garbage disposal may be a device that drastically reduces difficulty and inconvenience of doing dishes. However, homeowners will frequently greatly overestimate the amount of food and other debris that this device can handle. When too much food is put in the garbage disposal, it can contribute to the pipes developing a thick coating of food debris and grease, which may make it much more likely to become clogged. If your home uses a septic tank for wastewater processing, this could be particularly damaging as the food could clog the septic system. When using the garbage disposal, you should limit it to no more than what would be a few bites of food from each dish. Additionally, you should thoroughly rinse the drain after using the garbage disposal so that these substances will be washed out of the system.
Use Gentle Clog Removing Techniques When Your Plumbing Experiences Problems
Eventually, your drains may become clogged. While this can be a disruptive problem to encounter, it is fairly easy to address without exposing your plumbing to harmful chemicals or other possible sources of damage. For example, flushing the drains with warm water will often help to loosen grease and other sticky substances so that they can be flushed out of the pipes. Additionally, vinegar and baking soda may make a fizzing action that will break up many different types of clogs. In instances where the clog is simply unaffected by these options, a drain snake may be the safest and most effective solution for breaking up the clog.
Protect Your Pipes From Freezing Water
Freezing temperatures can be very hard on a plumbing system. This is largely in response to the freezing water putting the pipes at risk of rupturing. In order to prevent the pipes from rupturing, you should leave the faucets dripping when the temperature gets low. Furthermore, you should also wrap any exterior pipes and consider supplementing the insulation around any pipes that are next to an exterior wall. If you find that your pipes do freeze, you should avoid using them until you can have them inspected by a plumbing service so that any leaks can be repaired as quickly as possible.
When was the last time you realized that you had a serious plumbing problem? About a month ago, I knew that I had to make some big changes, so I began talking with different plumbers about getting the job done. I told them that I wanted to replace the bathtub in the bathroom and the sink and faucet in the kitchen, and they took my requests in stride. Before I knew it, my entire home was updated and I felt great about the work. I wanted to start this blog to help other people to learn more about plumbing and repair.