If your pipes make squeaking and hammering noises, it may be very simple to fix. Exposed pipes need to be anchored. Enlisting the aid of a professional may be necessary if any of the pipes are located in the floors, walls, or ceiling.
Check for floor damage around your toilet. If the floor around your toilet feels softer than the rest of the floor in your bathroom, there’s damage you need to address. You can check for softness or weakness in the floor by placing one foot on each side of the toilet and rocking back and forth. As with many problems, early detection can save you a lot of money.
You need to avoid using any kind of tablet or odor remover in your toilet if at all possible. While they may make your toilet smell pretty, they can erode the rubber parts in the toilet and cause it to stop working.
Don’t pour oils, grease or fat down the drain. They might be in liquid form, but after they cool off, they will solidify and make a clog in your drain pipe. This is especially true if you have a garbage disposal, as the fat will cause the blades to run slower and less efficiently. Keep a container in your kitchen that is used specifically for discarded grease.
Do not pour grease or other oils in your sink or down your drain. When they cool down, they get hard and that will cause clogs in your sink drains. This is especially damaging to garbage disposals because the fat can make the blades turn more slowly and less efficiently. Make sure you dispose of oils away from the sink.
Be sure that the overflow holes don’t clog up. Sinks use overflow holes if they start to overfill, and this isn’t usually a problem, but it can be. Clear out your sink’s overflow holes every so often, while checking for any other problems or necessary repairs.
Maintain smooth functioning of the drain in your bathtub by dropping baking soda and then vinegar down it on a monthly basis. Use a plug or rag to cover the drain, because there will be a chemical reaction in the pipes. After about 10 minutes you can flush the pipes out with boiling water. This simple solution can break up clogs caused by everything from hair to soap scum.
Do not use your toilet to get rid of garbage. Under no circumstances flush cotton balls or swabs, paper towels, diapers, sanitary pads or other materials that will not dissolve. These items can cause major clogs. Use the least amount of toilet paper you can when you use the toilet, too.
If you take care of your plumbing, you will have lower plumbing bills. Drain clogs are a common plumbing issue and sometimes expensive to repair when they are not addressed promptly. Hair can cause clogs, among many other things. There are ways around this; you can use a drain cover or screen which is actually designed in order to keep your pipes and drain free of hair. It’s more convenient to remove hair before it has a chance to get down the drain and into the pipes.