While plumbing is an expansive field that can seem intimidating at first, picking up a few basic skills doesn’t have to be hard. There are many resources to teach you what you need to know while you learn. This article will guide you through some simple tips which can help you to perfect your technique and learn the methods you need to be successful in the future.
If you have pipes that sound as if they’re squeaking or hammering, it’s an easy fix. If pipes are exposed, you must anchor them. If the pipes are in the walls, floors or ceiling, you may want to call a professional to come and help complete the project.
You need to insulate any pipes have exposure to outside elements to avoid them freezing. You should also keep the temperature in the home above freezing to avoid your pipes freezing. Pipes have the potential to freeze if the surrounding temperatures are below the freezing mark. It will take a while for the pipes to thaw, leaving you without running water. In the worst case, the pipes would burst, and you would be stuck with costly repairs and a very messy cleanup procedure.
If a pipe freezes, make sure you turn the closest faucet to allow the thawing water to exit. This can prevent damage to your house because it lets the pressure that is in the pipe out, and keeps it from bursting.
Put the strainer on top of drains to catch any food that would go down and cause a clog. Your kitchen sink strainer needs cleaning every time something big gets stuck in it. Bathtub drains should be cleaned regularly as well.
Never put fat, grease, or oils into your drain. These substances will harden as soon as they cool down, and clog your drains. This is especially damaging to garbage disposals because the fat can make the blades turn more slowly and less efficiently. Pour the grease and oil into a can to cool, put it in the trash.
You can greatly extend the life of your garbage disposal by regularly cleaning it. If your garbage disposal begins to emit a bad smell, run some dish detergent and citrus rinds through the cycle to make it smell fresher.
Keep the drains in your bathtub working properly by pouring a cup’s worth of baking soda and than a cup’s worth of vinegar directly down your drain every month. This will cause the vigorous bubbling you may remember from the “volcano” in a grade school science project, so be sure to close the drain with a stopper. After letting it sit for a few moments, clear the pipes out with a gallon of boiling water. This method should clear your pipes of accumulated hair and soap scum.
Not so hard right? Like any other subject, the world of plumbing is vast and has a wealth of information available on it. All you need is a little boost to get you started. We hope that the paragraphs detailed throughout the article have assisted your plumbing structure in some fashion.