Once you own a home, you can expect problems to arise with your plumbing sooner or later. The most common places these problems pop up is in the kitchen or in the bathroom. At some time, everyone who owns a home will have some type of problem with the plumbing. The following advice will help, when that homeowner is you.
You need to insulate any pipes have exposure to outside elements to avoid them freezing. You should also keep the temperature in the home above freezing to avoid your pipes freezing. Pipes will freeze if they are exposed to temperatures below freezing. It can take a while for the pipes to thaw, which means you will not be able to run water for quite some time. They could also burst costing you a lot of money and repairs.
Use strainers on all drains to keep foreign objects and debris from clogging drains. Your kitchen sink strainer needs cleaning every time something big gets stuck in it. The ones in the bathroom can be cleaned out as needed.
Don’t put things like fat, oil or grease down your drains. These substances will harden as soon as they cool down, and clog your drains. Grease is of particular concern when there is a disposal unit installed in your drain. It can cause the unit to lose efficiency. Make sure you dispose of oils away from the sink.
If you want to make sure your garbage disposal is going to be around as long as the house it is inside of, make sure you clean it often. You can use dish soap, lemon peels, and cherry pits to get your garbage disposal clean and fresh and running well.
Try to have all your plumbing repairs done at once. You might be tempted to call the plumber every time you need something fixed, but if you wait and hire the plumber for a single visit, you can save up money for repairs. Most plumbers have an hourly rate and a flat rate for the trip: asking a plumber to fix multiple problems in one trip is cheaper than calling them more than once.
To reduce your plumbing repair costs, use preventative maintenance measures. Drain clogs are a common plumbing issue and sometimes expensive to repair when they are not addressed promptly. This is because pipes can retain and trap hair, and other particles, very easily. Stop hair from going down drains with a drain cover or screen designed for this purpose. It is much easier to remove the hair from a screen than it is to get it out of a pipe.
No matter what plumber you use, you should know a little about him before he comes to the door. Even if your insurance company assigns a plumber to you, you can get online and learn his name and the quality of his work. If your insurer has just given you the name of a plumber, see if they have a website, read any testimonials and other feedback so you know what to expect once they arrive at your home.
When you have a problem with the plumbing, the worst thing to do is not be prepared. Every homeowner should be equipped with the most simple plumbing tools and tips. If you wind up with a future plumbing problem, the advice you have learned from this article will get you through it.