Many people say that doing your own plumbing is very difficult. But, with the right advice and know-how, it is a lot easier than you think. The following tips will get you started and help you complete that project that has been bugging you, in no time.
If your garbage disposal is giving you problems, never stick your hand in it to fix it yourself. Garbage disposals are dangerous, even when turned off. It’s advised to obtain a diagram, possibly off of the Internet, that depicts your machine in accurate detail.
You should put a strainer over your drains to catch anything that could clog your drain up. Clean the kitchen sink strainer any time something collects in it. A strainer in your bathtub should be checked occasionally and cleaned whenever necessary.
Never pour grease or anything fatty or oily into your drain. When they cool, they will harden and create clogs in your drains. This is especially true if you have a garbage disposal, as the fat will cause the blades to run slower and less efficiently. Be sure to get rid of oil products away from your sink.
If you have well water and discover orange or pink discoloration on your bathtub or sink, you probably have iron in your water supply. This is something that needs to be taken care of by water softener, which you can buy at a store, or have a company come out to your house and take care of it for you.
Putting in shower heads that are energy-efficient can save you a lot of money in energy costs. Most of the hot water we use is in the shower. If you use energy efficient heads for your showers, you can save hundreds each year on your bills.
If you are seeing water at the bottom of the dishwasher, most likely this is due to a faulty setup of the hose that leads from the kitchen sink. The hose from your sink to your dishwasher needs to go upward before going back down so that there is no mixing between fixtures.
Clean your dryer’s lint trap. This can prevent troubles, including fires. Be sure to inspect the lint screen for any tears or holes. That could result in lint traveling down your pipes, and that may result in clogs and other issues that have to be dealt with.
As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and you’ll be on your way to doing your own plumbing.