Anyone who has spent any time in a house with running water knows plumbing problems can and do happen. Some things might be an easy fix for you, but others can be a little more challenging. You should have a basic knowledge of plumbing, so that you will be able to deal with any problem that comes your way.
Find a plumber that you can trust. Make sure to get referrals from friends and family so that you can prevent getting ripped off, which happens often. Also make sure not to pay the plumber before the work is completed. If you do that, there will not be an incentive to get the job completed in a timely manner.
Roots from a tree in your back yard can be a real headache when it comes to plumbing. Make sure if you have a big tree or bush or some kind of plant with a big root system, that you ask your plumbing company about root killing agents. You can flush these down your toilet and kill any roots that may be blocking your pipes and save yourself a lot of money by stopping a back up before it happens.
Use a hairdryer to thaw frozen pipes, after you shut off the water to the house. A hairdryer will gently heat the pipe and thaw the ice without causing significant damage to the pipe. Shutting off the water first means that if the pipe is broken, there will be no rush of water into the house.
Pour baking soda and vinegar down your bathtub drain every month. Cover it with a plug or rag, since a chemical reaction should happen in the pipes. After waiting a few minutes, flush the drain with boiling water. This method clears out soap scum buildup and accumulated hair that gets caught in the pipes.
Make sure you get a good recommendation or check the references before you hire a plumber. With good recommendations, it will assure that you are hiring an experienced plumber. If the experienced plumber is professional, he will have a fully stocked truck and be able to complete most small jobs in one visit.
If your plumbing is making strange noises you may have lost something called your “air cushion”. To turn this back on, you’re going to need to turn off your main water supply. Run all faucets in your house and then turn back on your main water supply. This should make everything sound better again.
Make sure that your tool box is ready for any project you are preparing to do. The last thing you want is to be knee deep in a job only to find that you are missing the one tool you need to finish. Be sure to have various sizes of pipe wrenches that can be used to complete any job.
As was said earlier, many problems can occur with plumbing, both large and small. With the tips provided in this article, you can think about plumbing and not feel as stressed as you would have in the past. You’ll finally know how to deal with problems of all types.