Getting Started On Your Home Plumbing Projects

TIP! If your pipes freeze, turn on the water from the faucet nearest them to let water out when they start to thaw. This helps decrease any pressure in order to prevent burst pipes.

It seems that plumbing problems often occur right after a new house is purchased. Plumbing issues can occur in any room in the house, but usually happen in the kitchen or bathroom. Plumbing issues can be extremely expensive, especially if they are not handled immediately. Continue on for some helpful tips so you can take care of these problems if they happen.

TIP! Avoid the use of products for your toilet that help with odor, such as bleach tablets. The rubber parts of your system can be damaged by the chemicals contained in these tablets and stop functioning.

If you discover a pipe has frozen, open a tap on the line to allow the thawing ice to drain. If there is too much pressure within the pipe, it may burst, causing other forms of damage in the home.

TIP! If your garbage disposal is having problems, don’t give in to the desire to attempt a fix by reaching down into the disposal. Even when they are turned off, disposals can be very dangerous.

Don’t use bleach tablets, odor removers or those blue tablets in your toilet. These products will reduce the smell, but they will also cause problems with the rubber gaskets. Over time, the damage will accumulate and could eventually stop the toilet from functioning at all.

TIP! Check floors around toilets for softness, so you can tell if you have any floor damage. You can check for softness or weakness in the floor by placing one foot on each side of the toilet and rocking back and forth.

If the water in your toilet is low along with the toilet being clogged, pour some extra water in the bowl to make the plunger effective again. Repeat this procedure if necessary as the water returns back to a lower level.

Garbage Disposal

TIP! In order to ensure that your garbage disposal will last for as long as your home, keep it clean on a regular basis. 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.

Never try to fix a garbage disposal by putting your hand down into it. Even if it is are switched off, a garbage disposal can be very dangerous. Search online for a troubleshooting manual for your disposal.

TIP! If you have to replace any of your shower heads, make sure that the replacement is the best one you can afford. Avoid the temptation to purchase an inferior quality head for your shower.

Position a strainer over all drains to collect any particles that would otherwise go down the drain and possibly cause a stoppage. Whenever large particles become trapped in the strainer, remove them. You should also clean your bathtub strainer any time it is slow to drain.

TIP! When water pipes freeze, the damage can be extensive and costly. However, you can generally avoid this happening in the first place.

The worst thing you can do is to be unprepared when a plumbing problem arises. If you own your own home, you should know some basic plumbing skills, and have the tools ready to go. If a plumbing problem arises in your future, the information you read in this article should help you deal with it.