Proper plumbing is key to a nice home. Somethings you can take care of yourself, but other issues will require a professional. This article can be a great database of knowledge for helping you maintain and fix your own plumbing.
Noisy pipes that make squeaking or hammering sounds are an easy problem to fix. Exposed pipes will have to be anchored. 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 don’t want to end up with frozen pipes, so take preventive action, such as wrapping outside pipes with insulation, and keeping indoor temperatures above freezing at all times. Pipes can freeze when the ambient temperature in the area of the pipes dips below freezing. If pipes do freeze, the best possible scenario would include taking time for the pipes to thaw and any frozen water to drain. However, frozen pipes often burst, causing damage to your home and a hefty repair bill.
Never use your bare hands to try fixing your garbage disposal. Your garbage disposal is a dangerous device, even when turned off. Hire a professional, or at least find your owner’s manual to look at a diagram of the disposal. Many owner’s manuals are available online, and may even contain interactive troubleshooters.
Orange or pink discoloration on your bathroom fixtures is a solid indication that your water contains too much iron. A water softener is the easiest way to solve hard water problems relating to rust, but you can also consult a plumber if you are unsure.
It is not necessary to call a plumber for every problem. The preceding tips have given you the ability to take care of the smaller plumbing tasks around the home. This knowledge is extremely valuable not only for fixing up your own home, but also for not having to rely on other people.