If you want to prevent plumbing problems itís recommended to try controlling what goes down on the plumbing drain, because cooking grease can solidify and clog drains. But if your drain starts to become clogged you can try to pour chemical-based drain cleaner or lots of boiling water down a sluggish drain to clear it. Before winter comes, turn-off flow to the outdoor spigots, This way you can prevent bursting pipes caused by water left in the lines that subsequently freezes.
Also, if youíre planning on going away for some time in the winter, remember to leave the heat on, you can turn it way down but donít stop it and leave the kitchen and vanity cabinet doors open so heat can reach the pipes to avoid freezing.
Listen for dripping sounds and this way you can discover if you have a leaking faucet. Even though a dripping faucet may not seem to waste significant amounts of water, over the course of day, each individual drop adds up to thousands and thousands of drops, or gallons and gallons of water. Choose a time when there is little or no activity, such as early in the morning, or late at night, when the house is very quiet.
Also, if you need repairs itís better to call a professional plumber, especially if youíre not confident in your abilities. Soldering pipes, replacing valves, and changing faucet seats may be better left to skilled persons with proper tools. If you use a chemical drain cleaning product for cleaning clogged or slow-draining pipes make sure you read carefully instructions first. If you have rusty pipes, be careful and donít force them too much because the problem could get worse.