Your home can be ruined by a bad plumbing problem. Here are some ways to prevent problems, as well as steps to take when you do have a plumbing issue.
Check the floors in your bathroom for any give in order to be sure that there is no damage in the floors. Straddle the toilet and rock from one foot to the other to see if you feel any weakening or “softness” in the floor beneath you. By noticing a problem early on, you can save yourself a bunch of money if you were to leave it alone.
Do not pour grease or other oils in your sink or down your drain. These substances will harden as soon as they cool down, and clog your drains. Even with a garbage disposal, you are going to cause it to be less efficient and risk drain backups. See to it that you dispose the oils away from your sink.
Check overflow holes to make sure there’s no clog. The overflow holes are there to make sure the sink doesn’t overfill, which can become a problem if they are blocked. Clear overflow holes when doing periodic checks for problems and plumbing issues that should be addressed.
Having water leaking into the dishwasher, however annoying, is luckily an easy fix. The hose that runs from the kitchen sink to the dishwasher is not installed properly, and can be corrected quickly. The hose connecting the kitchen sink and the dishwasher has to go up and then down in order for the water of both locations to not mix.
Let’s face it, if you are not a plumber, you probably can’t solve a plumbing problem without a lot of headaches and hard work. Knowing what to do yourself, and when to call a plumber will quickly get things fixed. Do yourself a favor and try using the above tips to help get rid of your plumbing problems.