There is no time like the present to gain a better understanding of plumbing. You have probably considered learning about it before, but never got around to it. Take a look at the tips in this piece and you will soon gain an understanding of plumbing that will serve you well if problems ever arise.
Act quickly if your pipes freeze! Shut off the water and open the faucet, enabling it to drain when it thaws. Starting with the faucet, and working your way to the iced-up area, aim a propane torch or hairdryer at the pipe – this will quickly defrost it. You could also wrap the pipe in a heating pad or aim a heat lamp at it, but this will take quite some time. A last resort is to wrap the pipe in rags and pour boiling water over it.
Do not use the liquid cleaning supplies that are designed to clear clogs. These cleaners are harmful and can damage your pipes as they clear the clog. Instead of using damaging liquids, use a plunger or a plumbing snake. These are much more effective and will not harm pipes.
To help you find a good plumber, you should get recommendations from people whom you trust. Asking a friend or a neighbor is usually more trustworthy than picking a random plumber out of the phone book. You need a competent plumber, otherwise you could be in for a much bigger problem down the road.
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 going from the dishwasher to the sink needs to angle uphill before going back downhill to prevent water from both being mixed.
Do not expect to clean grout out of a line by yourself. You can try breaking it up to have it fall further which will help the flow get better. This works best if your pipes are plastic rather than metal. On the other hand, this situation usually ends in a call to a professional plumber.
Avoid pouring grease or oil down your kitchen sink drain. Grease and oil can build up in your pipes and cause a backup. Instead, wait for the grease or oil to cool and solidify and either throw it away or see if there’s a place to recycle it near your home.
Stop cleaning a persistent clog with harsh drain cleaners. Drain cleaners contain very corrosive chemicals that can damage pipes if used too frequently. Instead, if you still see your drain clogged up, you might need a professional plumber to come take a look and fix the problem.
You should be able to understand your plumbing problems well enough to know if you can do it yourself, or if you should hire a plumber. By having this knowledge, you’ll be an excellent aide for friends and family, and you could also possibly save lots of money. Hopefully this article proved interesting and useful.