Plumbing problems are common issues for new homeowners. It's most common to have plumbing problems in your bathroom or kitchen.
In reality, every homeowner will experience plumbing problems at some point. Here are some tips to help you when that happens.
If you discover a frozen water pipe, turn on a nearby faucet so that thawed ice has a place to go. Doing so provides pressure relief, and might spare you the damage of a burst pipe.
Avoid paying the plumber until he finishes the job. In some cases, you have to make a down payment prior to the first day of work. This is okay to do; however, don't let your plumber talk you into paying the entire cost of a job before he's finished, and never pay the whole cost before he's even begun. You should know the plumber did his job before you pay him.
If something is wrong with the disposal in your sink, avoid the temptation to stick your hand in there to fix it. Garbage disposals are dangerous, even when turned off. Use a guide or the Internet to locate a blueprint of your disposal, or a troubleshooting manual.
Put strainers in the bottoms of your drains to stop any clogging agents from escaping down the drain. Clean your kitchen strainer often, particularly if you can see debris accumulating. The ones in your bathtub should also be cleaned frequently, as needed.
Have all your plumbing needs scheduled all at once. It can be tempting to call a plumber each time you have a minor problem, but saving plumbing work for one time allows you to put money aside for the repairs. It also saves you money because a lot of plumbers charge by the hour--they cannot charge for multiple hours every trip if they only make one trip out.
Always have cold water running when you are using your garbage disposal. The cold water helps the blades that are inside stay sharp, and will keep your disposal running smoothly. If you use hot water instead of cold, it will turn any fat into liquid and cause the fat to clog your pipes when it later cools and solidifies.
It is unwise to be unprepared for sudden plumbing problems. If you own your own home, you should know some basic plumbing skills, and have the tools ready to go. This tips shared here will allow you to handle plumbing issues more readily when they occur.