Plumbing maintenance is one of the biggest responsibilities of home ownership. However, there are times when plumbing needs attention from a plumber but getting one to your house quickly is not a viable option. Some basic tips here will allow you to take care of your own home’s plumbing needs.
Anchoring your pipes can eliminate the hammering and squeaking noises caused by loose pipes and fitting. If pipes are exposed, you must anchor them. You may need the assistance of a professional in the case that the pipes are contained within a floor or ceiling.
Frozen pipes are on of the worst plumbing problems. Prevent the pipes from freezing by insulating any sections of pipe that are close to the outside walls, and never allowing the temperature inside to be below freezing. Your pipes can freeze if temperatures around them fall below freezing. It takes time for thawing to occur so you can have water again. However, they might burst, which will cause an enormous mess and repair bill.
If you have a pipe that freezes, you should turn on the faucet that is close to the pipe; this way, the water has a place to go. This will relive some of the pressure, and could prevent cracks from appearing.
Never pay for a plumbing job completely until they have finished the job. You may be required to put some money down before a job is started, but never pay the total cost until you know the job has been completed correctly. This ensures that the plumber fully completes the job before getting paid.
You should regularly check for water damage to your bathroom floor caused by your toilet in order to save money and further complications. Feel the floor around the toilet and check to see if the floor is soft, molded, chipping, etc. Straddle your toilet and gently rock foot to foot to see if your floor feels a little weak or soft. You can save money by noticing and treating this problem as early as possible.
By now, you have learned a number of great ways to maintain your plumbing. Using this advice for your plumbing needs saves you the money you would spend on a plumber.