Have you ever had a plumbing problem that you felt you couldn\’t solve on your own? Was the problem just over your head? Were you afraid of what might happen if you mess with things you don\’t understand? Read on to find out how to become more confident about solving problems next time your plumbing goes wrong.
If you are paying someone else to do the plumbing in your home be sure that they are licensed in your state to do that work. Some people who have little or no knowledge of plumbing will try to pass themselves off like a pro. So you can see the importance of checking to see if your plumber is licensed. You should also see if you can find positive testimonials about the plumber's work.
Unclog drains with ease. Try using a plunger and drain cleaner, as your clog may simply be a build-up of hair and debris. If this doesn\’t work you may have to clear the drain with a snake. Feed the snake into the drain line as far as it will go. Turn the crank gently, which will help to loosen the clog. Remove the snake, and run water down the drain to see if the clog has been removed. You may have to use the snake a couple of times before the clog is cleared so don\’t give up!
Ensure that everyone in your household knows how to turn off the main water supply, or knows how to contact someone who can. In the event of a burst pipe or other water-related emergency, you should immediately turn off the water to prevent flooding, structural damage, and a sky-high water bill.
Use your garbage disposal with the cold water running so that you can preserve the blades of the disposal. Using hot water makes grease more liquid and can cause problems, including clogs. Make sure to clean blades by putting in a little dish detergent and run cold water at the same time.
Avoid placing fat, grease, and other oils into your drain. Oils will eventually harden and clog up your drain. Especially if you operate garbage disposal, the fat causes blades to be less efficient. Dispose of oils and fatty liquids in the trash.
Frozen pipes can lead to many problems, most of them expensive to fix. So you want to avoid that at all costs. To avoid frozen pipes, make sure the temperature in your home never drops below 55 degrees. Look for any air leaks around your pipes and make sure they\’re sealed up.
Teach kids how to shut off the toilet\’s water supply. Kids are notorious for putting large wads of toilet paper and other things into the toilet, which inevitably leads to the toilet overflowing. Especially if your bathroom has carpet, show kids how to turn the water valve off if the toilet water keeps rising, to prevent the mess of an overflow.
As mentioned above, most periodic plumbing maintenance is simple and straightforward. Most repairs resulting from serious damage to your plumbing are not. Now that you know how to deal with the plumbing issues in your home, you should be more prepared to prevent or mitigate the more serious problems that can result. If you are in the Davis region and needed plumbing service, call us at (916) 345-1592 or contact us online.