Many things certainly can go wrong when you are dealing with plumbing work. Some plumbing problems require only a simple fix; however, others can be more complicated. No matter what your particular case may be, it is important that you are educated on plumbing, so that the problem can be fixed in a timely manner.

Frozen pipes are on of the worst plumbing problems. Prevent the pipes from freezing by insulating any sections of pipe that are close to the outside walls, and never allowing the temperature inside to be below freezing. If the ambient temperature around the pipes is below freezing, the pipes can freeze. The best result you can hope for from frozen pipes is to be without water until the pipes thaw. However, they might burst, which will cause an enormous mess and repair bill.

Pass on seemingly convenient cleaning products like bleach tablets and blue toilet tabs. These tablets have chemicals that can damage rubber parts that are essential to the proper functioning of your toilet.

Place a strainer over the drains to collect anything that could clog and cause stoppage. Each time a filter is clogged, it should be cleaned. You should also clean your bathtub strainer any time it is slow to drain.

Don't pour cooking grease, leftover frying fat or any oils down your sink drain. As they cool off, they can solidify and effectively create clogs and blockages in your drains. This is most true if you use a garbage disposal, as the fat causes the blades to function slower and they will become less efficient. Dispose of your oils in a coffee can or other suitable container instead of your sink.

Each month, treat your drains by pouring one cup of baking soda down it, and then follow that with a cup of regular white vinegar. Plug the opening or cover it with a cloth while the chemical reaction takes place. Wait until the chemical reaction runs its course, then flush the pipes by pouring in a kettle full of boiling water. Your pipes will soon be clear of accumulated hair and soap scum.

Installing efficient shower heads could save you a lot of money when it comes to your energy bill. Most households use a lot of hot water in the shower. A single energy efficient shower head can save you $100 a year.

Don't skimp on quality when it comes to replacing a shower head. Some people think that one shower head is like any other, so decide on price alone. This is not the case though. The cheaper models usually are low quality and will break easier than a high quality fixture.

Enzyme-based products are often superior to other options when your drains are clogged. These types of cleaners will use natural bacteria so that the sludge will turn into liquid form, and be removed from your pipes. The enzyme cleaners are the best on the market.

As you know, plumbing can have lots of different things go wrong with it. By taking the advice provided in this article, it does not always need to be a major drama when plumbing issues arise.