Water may be the source of all life, but it can also be a nemesis to the frustrated homeowner dealing with plumbing problems. Beside natural disasters, not many other things can cause more destruction to a home than a serious problem with plumbing. Luckily, there are many things people can do to stave off plumbing disasters and make sure the damage is minimal when unexpected events do happen.
To avoid having your outdoor faucets freeze up in the winter, detach all hoses before the first freeze. Also, close the shutoff valve that leads to the outdoor faucets, then turn on the outdoor faucets to let any remaining water in the lines drain. Once temperatures warm up in the spring, you can reverse the process.
Place a strainer over the drains to collect anything that could clog and cause stoppage. The strainer used in the kitchen will need to be cleaned frequently. The ones in the bathroom can be cleaned out as needed.
If water backs up from one sink to another, it is because the lines are connected. The part of the branch line for one device might be higher than another, but most likely there is also a blockage in the branch line connecting the two devices as well. This blockage must be cleaned.
If you are looking to get new piping in your home, try to stay away from copper ones. Copper tends to have problems, due to water and soil corrosion. It is also harder to install these kinds of pipes. Steel or lead pipes tend to offer the best quality and are the most durable.
It is always a good idea to do your research before hiring a plumber to come and do work in your home. Some plumbers do not have the experience to deal with certain problems, and may make matters worse. Always look at plumber reviews, or ask friends and family if they can recommend one.
If there is sewage backing up in your toilet, it is probably due to blockage in a branch between the sewage and main lines. If you are unable to handle the issue on your own, you will need to hire a professional who can use a snake to unclog the line.
Make sure your plumbing contractor has the proper insurance before letting them work in your home. This is a big problem with all types of construction contractors. They may have the proper licenses, but because of the high cost of insurance, they may not be properly insured and can end up on your homeowners policy if they get hurt.
Many important skills are involved in becoming a great plumber. Fixing water lines is a key part of plumbing, and requires a fair amount of knowledge to do correctly.
Preparation and plumbing education are what is needed to avoid plumbing mishaps. Just a little information can make a big difference when it comes to preventing plumbing problems. Also, that savvy homeowner who researches everything and prepares for undertaking a plumbing issue before it really begins is better able to repair the problem more quickly and easily.