Finding issues with the plumbing after purchasing a new home is not an uncommon experience. The bathrooms and kitchen are the most likely sources of these problems. Really, at some point every homeowner will deal with some kind of plumbing problem. Make note of the following advice in order to prepare yourself for future plumbing problems.
Obnoxiously loud pipes that like to squeal and hammer are easy situations to correct. Anchor exposed pipes to get rid of noises. Get a professional to anchor any hidden pipes if you do not wish to do some work in your floors or walls by yourself.
If your water pipe freezes, switch on the nearest faucet tap to that pipe so that water can exit when the pipe thaws. This gives the pressure somewhere to go, and can keep them from bursting.
Ensure that if something goes wrong in your garbage disposal that you resist any and all urges you have that might make you want to put your hands inside to fix a problem. Garbage disposals can be dangerous, even when they are turned off. Troubleshooting techniques and schematics of your garbage disposal are available on the Internet.
Check the floor for soft areas around the toilet to determine floor damage. Straddle the toilet and rock from one foot to the other to see if you feel any weakening or “softness” in the floor beneath you. This will save you a lot of trouble and money if you find the issue before something horrible happens.
Here is a good tip for a safe, inexpensive way to keep the drain in your bathtub trouble-free. Take one cup of baking soda and pour it into the drain. Then do the same with a cup of vinegar. Do this procedure once a month. This will cause the vigorous bubbling you may remember from the “volcano” in a grade school science project, so be sure to close the drain with a stopper. Let that sit for a while, and then run boiling hot water down it. This should help clear your pipes of accumulated hair and soap scum.
The worst thing to do is being unprepared when plumbing problems arise. Every homeowner should arm themselves with a few basic plumbing tools and repair tips. The tips you have found above should go a long way towards preparing you to deal with a plumbing problem when it occurs.