Plumbing problems can negatively affect your home and your belongings. There are some tips listed below to help you start fixing your plumbing problems.
If you possess pipes that are alive with the sound of squeaking or hammering, you have an issue that is easily corrected. Exposed pipes will have to be anchored. You may need the assistance of a professional in the case that the pipes are contained within a floor or ceiling.
If your water pipe has frozen, start water running in the faucet closest to the frozen pipe. This will give excess water somewhere to drain as the ice in the pipe thaws. This reduces pressure to keep the pipe from bursting, which could prevent a big mess in your home.
If your home runs on well water and you notice any orange or pink stains in your fixtures or tub, this is because of iron in your water. A water softener can cure this problem and can be installed by you, or you may opt to have a professional to come and install it for you.
To keep things flowing smoothly through the drain of your bathtub, each month you should feed it baking soda, one cup’s worth, with a cup of vinegar to chase it. Plug the opening or cover it with a cloth while the chemical reaction takes place. Flush it with boiling water after a few minutes. By following this tip, you should be able to clear all the soap scum, hair, and other grime out of your pipes.
Water that drains back into your dishwasher is likely due to an improper sink hook up. The hose connecting the kitchen sink and the dishwasher has to go up and then down in order for the water of both locations to not mix.
For clogged pipes, unblock them with a cleaner that is enzyme based. These are cleaners that work by using natural bacteria to eat away at your clog, and turn it into a liquid that is then flushed from your pipes. These enzyme cleaners are probably the best that exist.
Frozen pipes can do very extensive and expensive damage. This can usually be prevented. The first concern is making sure that all water lines that run outside of your house are fully and sufficiently insulated. When cold weather sets in, turn off your outside faucets, disconnect all hoses and drain them. You can avoid future plumbing repairs by doing this, and therefore, saving you a lot of money.
If your home has low water pressure, you can often fix the problem by cleaning out the aerators on your fixtures. After removing the aerator, use an old toothbrush with some vinegar on it to clean the sediment off. Thoroughly rinse off the aerator, put it back together and place it back on the faucet. Your water pressure should improve because the obstructing particles or buildup have been removed.
To protect yourself when a plumbing problem arises, use the tips above. Research common plumbing problems, and for larger problems consult a professional plumber. Do yourself a favor and try using the above tips to help get rid of your plumbing problems.