Having plumbing issues in your home can cause disastrous consequences. Stop plumbing problems before they start by applying the following tips.
Before starting any plumbing project be sure to turn off the main water supply. Water damage can be one of the most expensive things to repair. To minimize damage turn the main water supply off as well as any shut off valves near where you are working. This will save a great deal of hardship later on.
Do not use the liquid cleaning supplies that are designed to clear clogs. These cleaners are harmful and can damage your pipes as they clear the clog. Instead of using damaging liquids, use a plunger or a plumbing snake. These are much more effective and will not harm pipes.
Making sure you know all of your problems so you can have them fixed by one plumber visit is very beneficial. Having them all fixed in one visit takes a lot of money off of your bill because you don’t have to pay for the visit multiple times so make sure you make a list first.
You can check your toilet for leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring, Kool Aid or some coffee grounds to the water in the toilet’s tank (not the water in the bowl). Check the water in the bowl after a half hour or so. If any of the coloring agent is visible in the water in the bowl, the tank is leaking, and you will have to have it repaired.
It is not always necessary to call in a plumber when you have a damaged section of pipe in your plumbing. There are repair kits you can buy in your local hardware store which are excellent in repairing leaks. If you have a small leak, you can rub a compound stick over the hole or crack in the pipe to seal it shut. Epoxy paste is also an excellent remedy for a leaking pipes. Make sure you turn off the water and completely dry the pipe before applying the epoxy.
It is important to always run cold water while using your garbage disposal. Cold water will allow for the food particles to be properly disposed of while keeping the blades sharp. If you use hot water it will liquefy the grease, allowing it to accumulate in your drain causing your pipes to clog.
Don’t throw trash down your toilet. Doing so can clog the drain and cause plumbing problems. You should never flush cotton balls, sanitary pads, tissues, paper towels, diapers, or certain other materials, because these things don’t dissolve and could clog up your toilet. Reduce your use of toilet paper if you notice frequent clogs.
You can take the stress and expense out of major plumbing problems by addressing issues while they are still small. It takes research and asking a plumber to fix it correctly more often than not. Do yourself a favor and try using the above tips to help get rid of your plumbing problems.