Knowing where to start can be confusing when you are first beginning to plumb. There are many things to take into consideration, and knowing which tools and instructions and equipment to use is important. Use these tips to help expand your plumbing knowledge.
If your toilet will not flush, and there is very little water in the basin, try to fix the issue by dumping warm water in the bowl from around your waist line. Once the water level gets low again, repeat the process.
If your garbage disposal is giving you problems, never stick your hand in it to fix it yourself. Garbage disposals can be very dangerous, so take caution when fixing it, even while it’s turned off. Hire a professional, or at least find your owner’s manual to look at a diagram of the disposal. Many owner’s manuals are available online, and may even contain interactive troubleshooters.
Use filters on all drains to prevent debris that might clog the pipes from getting through. The strainer in the kitchen sink should be cleaned each time you have large particles trapped in it. You should clean out the strainer in your bathtub often.
Keep grease, fat and oil out of your kitchen drain. This is a certain way to either slow your drainage or clog your drain entirely. This can make your garbage disposal run slower. Make certain you dispose of all oils in other places other than the sink.
To make sure your garbage disposal last a long time, clean it regularly. By regularly “cleaning” the disposal with lemon rinds, cherry pits and dish soap, you can make sure that your garbage disposal is running well and smelling so clean it could be new.
Pour equal parts baking soda followed by vinegar down your bathtub drain once a month. Cover it with a plug or rag, because a chemical reaction is sure to occur in your pipes. After letting it sit for a few moments, clear the pipes out with a gallon of boiling water. Your pipes will soon be clear of accumulated hair and soap scum.
Make sure a new shower head is of high quality. Avoid the temptation to purchase an inferior quality head for your shower. This is not the case though. The cheaper models usually are low quality and will break easier than a high quality fixture.
A costly repair, in regards to plumbing, are frozen pipes. Fortunately, you can generally prevent your pipes from freezing. First, ensure that all outside pipes have sufficient insulation. When colder weather is approach, disconnect your garden hoses and make sure the outside water fixtures are turned off. Doing this can help save a lot of plumbing repair bills.
Cleaning an aerator can remove sediment buildup that causes low water pressure. First, you should remove and disassemble the aerator. Next, clean it with a brush that has been dipped in white vinegar. Wash it off, put it back together and connect the aerator to the faucet. This should remove any obstructions that were in the aerator, thereby improving your water pressure.
The tips above should have helped you understand plumbing better and make it less intimidating. There are many basics that you should know first. All you need to do to start is do your homework, common sense, and best method to go about doing your job.