Plumbing issues may negatively affect your household items and home. Here are some ways to prevent problems, as well as steps to take when you do have a plumbing issue.
Keep your plumbing flowing by maintaining a temperature above 32 degrees and wrapping up any exposed pipe works. Pipes will begin to freeze as soon as they reach freezing temperatures. If pipes do freeze, the best possible scenario would include taking time for the pipes to thaw and any frozen water to drain. On the other hand, they can burst, which gets messy and really expensive.
Don’t be tempted to use commercial bleach tablets, blue toilet tablets or any other product that claims to prevent toilet odor. While they may make your toilet smell pretty, they can erode the rubber parts in the toilet and cause it to stop working.
If your toilet happens to be clogged, and the plunger is not working, you can pour a bucket of hot water down the toilet, but be sure to pour it from a height that is waist level or above so you do not flood the bathroom. Do this as often as necessary if the water level dips back down again.
Never use your bare hands to try fixing your garbage disposal. Garbage disposals can be dangerous, even when they are turned off. Troubleshooting techniques and schematics of your garbage disposal are available on the Internet.
Orange or pink discoloration on your bathroom fixtures is a solid indication that your water contains too much iron. Luckily, you can quickly fix this by adding some water softener to your supply. You can pick up this product at a lot of stores, or have it shipped out to you.
As much of a bother as plumbing issues can be, there are many methods to use to repair them. It just takes research and perhaps asking a plumber what to do and how to fix it properly. Do the smart thing for yourself and apply the advice in this article to fix your plumbing problems.