Plumbing skills are an advantageous addition to anyone’s skill set. What is represented is you wanting to keep things working and in order properly. That’s an admirable quality. Like with most other skills, there is always room for improvement, however. Below are some tips to help.
If you discover a pipe has frozen, open a tap on the line to allow the thawing ice to drain. Letting the water drain out will relieve pressure in the frozen pipe, which will reduce the chances of it bursting and damaging your home.
You do not give the plumber all the money until he is finished with his work. It is customary for many companies to require you to put money down before they begin the job, but always wait to pay the rest of the balance until the job is totally finished. This ensures that the plumber will not abandon the job midway, and will also care about the quality of their work more.
Avoid bleach tablets, blue toilet deodorizers or the other odor removers inside your toilet. These products may well remove odors, but they have the side effect of damaging the rubber in your toilet, which can prevent your toilet from functioning correctly.
A strainer should be placed over all the drains in order to gather particles that would just get in the drain and potentially cause stoppage. Anytime there is something caught in your kitchen drain, you should clean it out. Bathtubs should be equipped with strainers as well, and they too will need to be cleaned regularly.
Never put fat, grease, or oils into your drain. When they cool down, they get hard and that will cause clogs in your sink drains. This is primarily true if you are someone who has a garbage disposal; the fats will make the blades go slower and less freely. Throw away oils nowhere near the sink.
Use baking soda and one cup of vinegar per month to keep the bathtub drain clear and running well. Cover it with a plug or rag, because a chemical reaction is sure to occur in your pipes. Flush it with boiling water after a few minutes. This should help clear your pipes of accumulated hair and soap scum.
Superior quality is important when it comes to shower fixtures. Some people think they can get away with the cheapest version at the store. The disadvantage to doing so is that these models are not highly durable and easily break.
Use a cleaner that is enzyme based if you want to clean clogged pipes. Enzyme based pipe cleaners utilize natural bacteria to attack the clog and dissolve it so it can be washed away. These enzyme cleaners are probably the best that exist.
If you want to save a lot of time and money on plumbing repairs, prevention is the best weapon you have in your arsenal. Clogged drains are one of the more common issues when it comes to plumbing problems. Hair can clog drains. You can prevent this from occurring by using a drain cover or a screen that is meant to keep the hair out of the drain and pipes. Most objects will not fall through the drain cover, and even hair usually won’t make it through.
Now you have some necessary knowledge and tools in order for you to try out your plumbing skills. That’s awesome! The tips above can add on to your plumbing techniques, since you’re never done improving or learning. You could have discovered a “regular” or new favorite idea for plumbing projects.
Originally posted 2014-08-11 10:29:06.