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The worst thing you can do is to be unprepared when a plumbing problem arises. Anyone who owns a home needs to have a small arsenal of tools and tips at their disposal, just in case. The next time something goes wrong, you’ll be ready. If waste material comes up the wrong way into your toilet, you have something clogging the works below the street. If you have difficulty removing this blockage, call a company that has special equipment to clear the line, usually a plumber’s snake.
Never reach into a garbage disposal that you think isn’t working. Garbage disposals pose a serious risk, even when flipped off. Locate a diagram of the garbage disposal, or some sort of troubleshooter, online. If you come across a pipe that is frozen, try to thaw it out by using a hairdryer. Use the lowest heat setting; while it may take longer to produce results, you will not risk doing further damage or incurring additional costs by calling a plumber.
As the cold winter weather approaches, make sure that your outside faucets are not leaking or dripping. If there are problems, you must make the needed fixes prior to the arrival of freezing temperatures. It does not matter if the pipes are made out of steel, copper or plastic, any water pressure from frozen water will cause them to crack. Even a very small crack can cause significant water damage or even can flood your entire home. Pass on seemingly convenient cleaning products like bleach tablets and blue toilet tabs. While they may be effective deodorizers, they can damage rubber parts in your toilet. If they become too damaged, your toilet will not operate properly. When you’re attempting to determine a problem with your toilet, you should look at the flapper, because it’s typically the cause of many problems. The flapper will deteriorate over time, and most leaky toilets are from flapper problems. First check to make sure the chain pressure is correct. If it is not the chain, replace the flapper because it is probably worn.
Knowing what tools are what and the proper way to use them will make you much better at plumbing. Read all the user manuals, and make use of the library and internet to learn all about projects you can do by yourself. Be sure to plan before starting a repair, because it can be expensive to fix mistakes. Sometimes you have no choice in what plumber you have scheduled, but you can still research them online. If an insurance company is requiring you to use a certain plumber, doing a background check on him can put you on guard should he have a bad reputation.
If there is unwanted water draining into the dishwasher, it is most likely because of the hose to the kitchen sink being installed improperly. The hose from your sink to your dishwasher needs to go upward before going back down so that there is no mixing between fixtures.