Although water is the main source of life, in plumbing it can be the most detrimental and frustrate every homeowner. Except for a natural disaster, there are only a few problems which can cause more extensive damage than a plumbing issue. Thankfully, there are many steps a homeowner can take to prevent plumbing headaches from occurring, while also minimizing problems should they happen.
To prevent your frozen pipes from bursting, leave the nearest faucet on to give the water a way to escape. This will relive some of the pressure, and could prevent cracks from appearing.
Do not pour grease or other oils in your sink or down your drain. When these oils cool, they become hard and create clogs. Grease is of particular concern when there is a disposal unit installed in your drain. It can cause the unit to lose efficiency. To keep your kitchen pipes clear, never dispose of grease down your sink drain.
If you have any plumbing work that needs to be done, schedule it all to be done concurrently. You might be tempted to contact a plumber every time you face a small problem, but if you have problems repaired all at once, you will have time to save money for the fixes. It also costs less because most plumbers will charge you per hour and include a minimum rate for coming out. If you call them out multiple times, those charges for them coming out will add up quickly.
Maintain smooth functioning of the drain in your bathtub by dropping baking soda and then vinegar down it on a monthly basis. Cover the drain up with a plug or old rag, as there will be a chemical reaction in the pipes. Let it sit a few minutes, then wash it all away with boiling water. This procedure should clear the pipes of soap scum and accumulated hair.
The key to avoid plumbing problems is a combination of technical knowledge and access to the requisite materials. Knowing as much as you can about plumbing will lead to making sound decisions and avoiding costly plumbing problems. Also, a homeowner who researches solutions before working on plumbing will avoid potential disasters.