Having a plumbing problem could be your worst nightmare. Imagine the difficulty of living with a blocked drain, a clogged shower head, and a flushing problem with the toilet. That’s why keeping your plumbing top-notch is essential.
There are many plumbing issues around the household, most of which can be prevented by managing and cleaning up well. When most drains are maintained and cleaned regularly, a blockage is a rare find.
Below we will outline several tips that could save you some money. We will also outline some tips that might need plumbing repair.
10 Plumbing Tips
Below find ten plumbing tips that could save you some time and money.
1. Don’t flush cooking grease
avoid pouring down any cooking grease into the drain. Always wipe the pan with a paper towel and compost there. The reason why you need to avoid this is that grease can become rock hard and will require professionals to remove it.
2. Watch the flushable label
be careful what the flush label says on the item you’re about to put down the toilet. Don’t flush tampons because they can come back like a nightmare later. Most bathrooms are created to be water efficient; therefore, the volume of water in the tank is usually not enough to wash down debris. Something can get stuck in the trap and, in turn, cause a blockage as the waste build-up.
3. Don’t put a brick in the toilet tank
There is a myth that when you put a brick in your toilet tank, you could save water but the problem with doing this is you could stop the toilet from flushing correctly. The brick could also cause a build-up of sand in the tank as it falls apart. This could block the flushing system as well.
4. Always have a plumber come and check before you buy
Will you be purchasing a new home? Have a plumber come and check the underground drainage system. They usually contain the drain for any collapses, roots, and other problems you wouldn’t notice if you checked on your own. Spending money on an investigation could save you thousands later in repairs.
5. Avoid using harsh drain cleaners
Avoid using liquid drain cleaners cause they tend to eat away from pipes. Using corrosive chemicals to remove clogs is the same as throwing a grenade at War. Flushing your drains weekly with vinegar and half a cup of baking soda could avoid any nightmare by clearing all plumbing problems before they escalate.
6. Check if your problem needs a professional plumber
Most times, an Allen wrench comes with the garbage disposal. When anything jams, you can simply follow the directions in the manual, and you might not need a plumber. Another important tip is never to add lemon peels to your disposal to make it smell better; that will just cause it to jam faster.
7. Soap can be the trick to your blocked toilet
If you don’t have a plunger, you don’t need one to clear a blocked toilet. In most cases, you could remove a blockage by adding soap to a bowl with hot water. Get the water as hot as you can from a tap and add to fill the bowl. Then add liquid soap and bear in mind. There is no limit to the amount of soap you can add.
8. Flush your water heater
Sediments usually accumulate at the bottom of a water heater, so they must be flushed yearly. Flushing your water heater helps it last longer to avoid banging sounds as it heats the water. If sediments are not removed, they can cause the tank to rust.
9. Check for leaks regularly
Leaky faucets and running toilets could cost you hundreds in your water bill. Fixing them regularly can save you a lot. Always check for any problems with taps. If you have any exposed pipes, periodically check for issues.
10. Clean your shower heads with vinegar
Over time, shower heads get clogged with mineral deposits, which can cause them to be less effective or completely blocked. to clear any mineral deposits, remove the shower head and soak it in vinegar for 24 hours. If this does not work to clean your shower head, you must replace it.
Checking and ensuring the plumbing is working well on your property is necessary to avoid more significant costs associated with poor maintenance. Proper maintenance skills could save you hundreds of dollars in plumbing for years.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.