Have you recently moved into a new house? Do you want to take care of it so that you avoid hefty repair bills? Poorly maintained plumbing can be both expensive and disruptive to your life. Here are some tips to keep the whole system working well, so that you don't need to call for any plumbers.
Avoid in-tank toilet cleaners
There are many toilet products that you add to the tank or the bowl itself that claim to clean it. The truth is that these so-called cleaners are usually only bleaching toilet stains white, not removing them entirely. Although you can no longer see these stains, they are still there and the buildup could eventually require you to call one of your local plumbers in order to replace the toilet. If you enjoy the fresh scent afforded by these cleaners, feel free to use them as long as you still give your toilet a weekly scrub in order to remove now-invisible buildup.
Don't use lemons in your garbage disposal
Many books of household cleaning tips advise you to put a lemon down your garbage disposal in order to give your sink a clean and fresh scent. Unfortunately, lemons are highly acidic. While they may provide temporary relief of garbage disposal smells, daily or weekly use of whole lemons will start to corrode the inner workings of the garbage disposal and your plumbing. Prevent odors by running plenty of water when using your disposal. You should also avoid putting oily or greasy foods, such as meat, into your disposal. If your disposal starts to smell like rancid grease anyway, using small amounts of ice in your disposal will help solidify rancid oil and allow it to be flushed away.
Don't put bricks in your toilet
Bricks are the tool of choice for many people who want to save money when flushing their toilet. Unfortunately, bricks are made of clay and can decompose over time when exposed to water. Small bits of clay dust can cause your toilet flapper to seal improperly, causing leaks and wasted water. In addition, you may already have a toilet with low water usage. If so, a brick may displace too much water, forcing you to flush two or three times instead of just once. Ultimately, this will waste more water than not using the brick at all. If you don't have a low water usage toilet and currently can't afford to hire any plumbers to replace the toilet you have, you can experiment with adding plastic bottles filled with water to the tank. The bottles won't decay and come in many sizes, so you can experiment until you find the right balance of water savings.
For assistance or more information, talk to a plumber.