Water, while a life source, can mean major plumbing problems for homeowners. There is not much else short of catastrophe that is going to cause as much damage to a home as plumbing issues. However, there are many ways homeowners can protect themselves from these issues and create plans for minimizing these issues when they do arise.
To prevent frozen pipes, always keep the living spaces in your house above freezing, even if you aren’t home. Any exposed pipes need to be insulated against the outdoor temperatures. The pipes may freeze if the surrounding temperature drops below freezing. In the best case scenario, you will have to wait until they thaw so that the water runs again. At worst, they will burst and you’ll be paying to repair the damage.
On very cold winter nights, allow your faucets to trickle slightly, especially if your pipes are located in a crawlspace. The running water prevents the pipes from freezing as quickly as they would otherwise. You can catch the water and use it for other household needs to prevent wasting it.
If your toilet is clogged, the water level in the toilet is low, and a plunger is not doing the trick, you may be able to resolve the problem by pouring a bucket of warm water into the toilet from waist level or higher. This procedure can be repeated if the water level again returns to a level that is too low.
It is not always necessary to call in a plumber when you have a damaged section of pipe in your plumbing. There are repair kits you can buy in your local hardware store which are excellent in repairing leaks. If you have a small leak, you can rub a compound stick over the hole or crack in the pipe to seal it shut. Epoxy paste is also an excellent remedy for a leaking pipes. Make sure you turn off the water and completely dry the pipe before applying the epoxy.
Always have cold water running when you are using your garbage disposal. The blades will stay sharper, and the overall disposal process will run smoother. Hot water is not recommended because of what it does to greasy products.
As it is with anything, good preparation and education are keys to avoiding problems, and this holds true with plumbing as well. Knowing as much as you can about plumbing will lead to making sound decisions and avoiding costly plumbing problems. It goes without saying that someone who has done research and is prepared before a problem arises will be better capable of fixing things faster.