It is common for plumbing problems to arise in a newly purchased home. The kitchen and bathroom are the two primary places that issues occur. Really, at some point every homeowner will deal with some kind of plumbing problem. Some jobs can be done by the homeowner for a huge savings, so here is some advice to show you how.
If you have a clogged toilet with the water level very low, and plunging it isn’t working, it’s possible to resolve this by pouring warm water from a bucket directly into the toilet bowl from about waist level. Repeat this procedure if necessary as the water returns back to a lower level.
Avoid dumping oil, fat, and grease in your drain. When these oils cool, they become hard and create clogs. This is especially true if you have a garbage disposal, as the fat will cause the blades to run slower and less efficiently. You should dispose of all oils outside of the sink.
Water from wells can cause orange or rust colored stains in places like bathtubs and sinks. This comes from large amounts of iron present in the water. This is something that needs to be taken care of by water softener, which you can buy at a store, or have a company come out to your house and take care of it for you.
Make a schedule for plumbing work, so it occurs all at approximately the same time. While you may be tempted to call the plumber whenever you have a slight problem, scheduling it all at once gives you the opportunity to save money to pay for the repairs. Because most plumbers charge labor by the hour on top of a flat call rate, you can significantly reduce your bill by reducing the trips they make to your home.
Ensure that the overflow holes in your sinks are not clogged. Overflow holes exist to act as a double check in case of an overfilling sink. That may seem unimportant – but it will become a problem if they are clogged. When checking for potential problems and repairs, you should also remove obstructions from the overflow holes.
It is important to always run cold water while using your garbage disposal. Cold water helps to maintain the sharpness of the blades and makes the disposal run more smoothly. Using hot water will cause grease to liquefy and accumulate in the drain, which will cause clogs in your pipes.
Many shower heads are available that can help you to save money on your water bill. Most of the hot water we use is used while we are showering. If you use energy efficient heads for your showers, you can save hundreds each year on your bills.
Being caught completely unprepared for plumbing dramas is the last thing you should do. If you own a home, you should have some basic plumbing equipment, and the knowledge of how to use it. If you wind up with a future plumbing problem, the advice you have learned from this article will get you through it.