Often, plumbing in a home can start to malfunction soon after you move in. These problems typically occur in bathrooms and kitchens. Eventually, nearly every homeowner has to face one type of plumbing issue or another. Keep reading to find tips that will assist you in dealing with those problems.

 

  • You do not pay the plumber until he is finished with his work. It is customary to put down one-third to one-half of the total cost before the work is started, but do not pay in full until it is complete. This ensures that the plumber will not abandon the job midway, and will also care about the quality of their work more.
  • If you are fixing the plumbing yourself know the proper tools it can help you deal with your plumbing problems in the right way. Read your manuals and books, either online or at the library, to teach yourself do it yourself plumbing. Don’t just blindly rush into a project. Plan each project so that you don’t make costly mistakes.
  • Don’t be tempted to use commercial bleach tablets, blue toilet tablets or any other product that claims to prevent toilet odor. 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 find you are having an issue with the garbage disposal, do not put your bare hands in the disposal. Garbage disposals are not healthy places for hands to be, even if they are not running. Look for a diagram of the garbage disposal you have on the Internet.

 

  • In order to ensure that your garbage disposal will last for as long as your home, keep it clean on a regular basis. If your garbage disposal begins to emit a bad smell, run some dish detergent and citrus rinds through the cycle to make it smell fresher.

 

  • Schedule your plumbing work simultaneously. It might be tempting to call up a plumber every time you have a small problem, but if you will save all the plumbing issues for one time, it can be helpful. It will allow you save the money for the repairs. This will cut down on your plumbing bill because they can not charge you for extra trips.

 

  • Use cold water when using your garbage disposal. The cold water keeps your blades sharp, which helps your disposal run smooth. If you use hot water, any grease in the disposal will turn into liquid, while causes pipe clogging.

 

  • Enzyme-based products are often superior to other options when your drains are clogged. Enzyme based cleaners use “good” bacteria to transform the clog into a liquid, which will remove it from pipes. Enzyme cleaners are preferred by many to clear clogged drains.

 

  • Be sure to clean your dryer’s lint trap. This is a good idea for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is fire safety. Be certain that you thoroughly inspect the trap to ensure there are no tears or holes that may allow lint to travel to the pipes.

 

  • Take preventative measures to keep your plumbing costs low. Clogs can be a major cause of plumbing problems. Drains are frequently clogged by hair. A drain cover or screen can be used to stop hair from going down the drain and into the pipes. It’s a lot easier to take hair out of a screen than to pull it from a pipe.

 

  • If you have grout stuck in the line, it probably won’t help you cleaning it all by yourself. Grout can be broken up by yourself, however this generally is only a partial fix. This works best if your pipes are plastic rather than metal. This usually requires professional people to come in to help you get rid of this problem.

 

  • If you need to remove a clean out plug, and you are not having much luck, there are two methods used to help you do this. The first approach to use is taking a hammer and chisel to see if you can get the fitting loose. Another option is chiseling through the relevant clean out plug.

 

  • The worst thing you can do is to be unprepared when a plumbing problem arises. Invest in the proper tools, and learn the proper techniques for common plumbing problems. If you do have a plumbing problem in the future, the pointers you learned in this article will help you to deal with it.