Leaky pipes and backed up water systems can be a serious headache to the homeowner that is faced with dealing with these issues. A plumbing malfunction could literally ruin a house and cost a lot of money. Fortunately, homeowners can take a lot of steps to prevent plumbing nightmares and to minimize the effects when they occur.
If your pipes make squeaking and hammering noises, it may be very simple to fix. You must anchor any type of exposed pipe. You may need the assistance of a professional in the case that the pipes are contained within a floor or ceiling.
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. Sit reversed on the toilet (facing the tank) with your feet on the floor. Rock your weight onto each foot in turn and see if you can feel any weakness or “give” in the floor. You can save a lot if you catch these issue sooner.
Give all drains strainers to gather particulate matter that can clog pipes. Kitchen sink strainers should be cleaned every time they collect large food particles. Strainers placed in a bathtub can be cleaned periodically.
Try to never pour grease, fat, or any oil-based liquids into your drains. These materials may be liquid when you pour them in, but they will solidify and cause problems. This is especially the case if you possess a garbage disposal; fats and oils cause blades to run less efficiently and slow. Dump your oil outside or in a container that you throw out with the regular trash.
You should make sure that the holes are not stopped up on the overflow. Overflow holes are one of those things which you forget about until you need them. Clear out your sink’s overflow holes every so often, while checking for any other problems or necessary repairs.
If you notice water draining into your dishwater, check your kitchen sink. The hose might not be installed properly. The hose connecting the sink the the dishwasher should be at an uphill angle and then downhill to prevent the water from mixing.
If you wish to use a pipe cleaner to clear out your clogged pipes, look for one that is enzyme-based. These will utilize natural bacteria to transform sludge into a liquid that can be removed. Enzyme cleaners are efficient and will not damage your pipes.
Make sure to clean your dryer’s lint trap. This can prevent a lot of problems, including a fire. Also, check the lint trap to see if there are telltale signs that lint may be leaking into your pipes through holes and tears.
You need to be properly educated and prepared in order to stay away from plumbing problems. The homeowners who educate themselves about plumbing are more prone to make better decisions regarding plumbing issues. Also, homeowners who dig up information about a problem beforehand are much more likely to solve the problem faster and easier.