Water can play multiple roles in your life. It is essential in order to keep living, but it can be a ruthless enemy when it comes to plumbing issues. Besides dealing with natural disasters, a major plumbing problem can be one of the most challenging parts of home ownership. Fortunately, homeowners can take a lot of steps to prevent plumbing nightmares and to minimize the effects when they occur.
If you encounter a problem with your garbage disposal, resist the urge to reach in and fix it with your bare hands. Garbage disposals can be dangerous, even when they are turned off. Go online and search for sketch of your disposal, or a troubleshooter.
Never put fat, grease, or oils into your drain. As they cool off, they can solidify and effectively create clogs and blockages in your drains. Your garbage disposal is particularly vulnerable to this issue, as the fat solids will slow the motion of the blades. This results in the disposal operating less efficiently. Dump your oil outside or in a container that you throw out with the regular trash.
Pour equal parts baking soda followed by vinegar down your bathtub drain once a month. Put a rag over the drain afterward, though, to keep the chemicals from coming back up after the reaction. Flush it with boiling water after a few minutes. Your pipes will soon be clear of accumulated hair and soap scum.
You can avoid plumbing issues if you know what to do and have the tools at hand to work with. If you own a home and know the basics when it comes to plumbing, you are more likely to make necessary repairs when the need arises. If a problem does arise, research and preparation ahead of time will make the problem easier to fix.