Plumbing issues can occur at any time. We want to know how we can fix things ourselves and to learn basic maintenance tips. By reading this article you will learn both so you’re ready for a plumbing emergency.
Water hammer problems, pipe noise due to water hitting the back of the pipe, can be easily repaired. Anchoring exposed pipes will decrease the amount of noise your plumbing system makes. If these pipes are located in the floors, ceiling or walls, you are probably best calling a profession plumber to take over the project.
Keep your plumbing flowing by maintaining a temperature above 32 degrees and wrapping up any exposed pipe works. If the temperature surrounding these pipes is below the freezing point, your pipes could freeze. The best case scenario is that you can heat the pipes and the water will start flowing again. Frozen pipes can also burst, which can be very messy and expensive to repair.
To deal with a frozen pipe, turn on the faucet closest to the pipe. This gives the water a place to exit as the pipe defrosts. This can prevent damage to your house because it lets the pressure that is in the pipe out, and keeps it from bursting.
Feel the floors around the toilets to see if they are soft; this will help you know if you have any damage. Sit reversed on the toilet (facing the tank) with your feet on the floor. Rock your weight onto each foot in turn and see if you can feel any weakness or “give” in the floor. It could potentially save money by discovering any problems before too much damage occurs.
One easy way to save on energy and water is to install efficiency-oriented shower heads. Energy efficient shower heads can save you money on your energy bill and water bill. If you spend several extra dollars putting in energy-saving shower heads, you can potentially reduce your energy bill by $100 or more annually for every shower head used in your home.
If there is unwanted water draining into the dishwasher, it is most likely because of the hose to the kitchen sink being installed improperly. The hose going from the dishwasher to the sink must go downhill, and then uphill, to prevent water mixing from the two devices.
When replacing your shower head, pay attention to the quality of the replacement head. People usually opt for a cheap shower head instead of a quality product. Cheap shower heads have a tendency to break easily, so make sure you get what you pay for.
Use a cleaner that is enzyme based if you want to clean clogged pipes. Enzyme based cleaners use “good” bacteria to transform the clog into a liquid, which will remove it from pipes. The cleaners which use enzymes are currently rated the best available.
Being prepared will be of assistance, should a plumbing issue arise. Routine maintenance on your home plumbing can prevent future problems from arising. Use the tips included in the preceding piece, and you will be prepared to tackle any plumbing issues that may develop.