If you have a home, at some point, you are going to have to do some plumbing work and call in a professional plumber for help. Some people are just good at it, while others bungle their way through, occasionally making things worse!
However, there are certain things you can do to help prevent, or at least reduce the number of times you will have an issue with your plumbing. Sometimes, what you innocently do may be causing a problem to build up until it explodes. Here are some plumbing tips to help you maintain proper plumbing and not inadvertently make things worse for yourself!
1. Pouring Oil Down The Drain
How many of us are guilty of doing this? It’s easy to assume that since it is a liquid, dumping it down the drain is the answer. Firstly, remember that if you don’t have a dishwasher, you’re going to be washing your dishes in the sink. Some of these dishes will be greasy, so over time, it will build up and clog your drains, which is why you need to do regular maintenance. However, pouring a lot of grease down the drain, especially on a regular basis is a recipe for disaster. Clogs will build up faster and you’ll end up with a big problem. Instead, use a safer method of collecting the oil or grease and dispose of it in the compost bin.
2. The Magic Strainer
If you are not using a strainer for your sinks, you must love having plumbing problems! The strainer is a godsend for any sink. A strainer is going to catch hair in the bathroom and larger food particles from slipping into the drain in the kitchen sink and clogging it up. If you don’t use a strainer, the time will come when you are faced with cleaning up the messy gunk, which is pretty slimy and unpleasant. Clogs are probably the most common plumbing problem, so take care not to let this happen.
3. Flushing The Toilet
Don’t believe anyone or any product that says it can be flushed down the toilet. The only things that should be flushed are human waste and toilet paper. People flush many things down the toilet and eventually, it causes a problem. Having a problem with a clogged toilet is one of the most horrible problems to have in a home! So, no cotton balls, hygiene products or Mr. Bubbles the pet fish should be flushed.
4. Frozen Pipes
During winter, there is always the very real risk of your plumbing being frozen. Make sure that you have air circulating properly in your home. A minimum temperature of at least 16°C is really important. Make sure to have outside wall plumbing lines properly insulated, as this can help avert a catastrophe. Outside, make sure your garden hose valve as well as the hose itself is completely drained of water.
5. Lengthen Your Tap’s Life
When turning off your tap, don’t put extra pressure on it. Just use enough pressure to stop the water flow. When a tap starts to drip, it’s natural to keep turning it tighter. This is not good for the tap’s seal as it will wear out faster. So, in general, just turn your tap off until you feel its natural stopping point so that you prolong the life of your tap.
Follow these tips and hopefully, you will keep some major plumbing work to a minimum.