Nobody really wants to think about having a huge plumbing issue in their home that requires a plumber. If it gets out of hand, that's because it can get expensive and can ruin your floors and other items in your home.
Never fear because you can learn to do your own to prevent such problems by following these tips below.
Avoid frozen pipes this winter! Keep a small trickle of water dripping from faucets, and wrap your uninsulated pipes with foam or newspaper.
If possible, keep the doors open between unheated and heated rooms. In an unheated area such as a garage or laundry room, keep a small heater next to the pipes. Before the first cold snap hits, remember to do this.
If your pipes are located in a crawlspace, on very cold winter nights, allow your faucets to trickle slightly, especially. The running water prevents the pipes from freezing as quickly as they would otherwise. You can catch the use and water it for other household needs to prevent wasting it.
Just check the flooring for softness if you want to look for floor damage around your toilet. Stand above the toilet with a foot positioned on each side up close to the base. Shift your weight back and forth to detect any weakness or sponginess. It's important to catch and address floor damage problems as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more expensive the repair will be.
Regularly check your overflow holes to make sure they're not clogged. If a sink begins to overfill, so they need to be clear at all times, Overflow holes drain water. Clean overflow holes as part of your annual maintenance, and any other time you are handling general plumbing repairs.
Plumbing can incredibly fickle and being left with a huge plumbing bill or water damage can be disappointing to say the least. Do yourself a favor and follow these tips to start fixing and installing your own plumbing.