When it’s time to fix your plumbing, you might wonder where to start, what to consider, what equipment to buy and what rules to follow. The tips laid out here can help you realize what information you need to be a skilled plumber.
To keep your pipes from freezing in the winter, insulate all exterior pipes and be sure to keep your interior house temperature above freezing, even if the house is vacant. It is easy for pipes to freeze whenever the mean temperature near the pipes drop below freezing. In the best case scenario, you will have to wait until they thaw so that the water runs again. The worst case scenario is a busted pipe and a costly repair.
Pump your septic tank every five years to keep it working well. Doing this prevents any sediment from getting built up within the tank, which causes a backup in your home or causes your entire septic system to fail. If the cost of pumping your septic tank seems a bit steep, remember that the cost of cleanup and repair of a failed septic system will be much higher.
Never pay a plumber until the job is complete. You may need to pay some money in the beginning, though you should not pay the full cost until you can be certain that the job was done correctly. You need to know the plumber did what he promised before he is reimbursed for the entire amount.
If your garbage disposal is giving you problems, never stick your hand in it to fix it yourself. Garbage disposals pose a serious risk, even when flipped off. Search online for a troubleshooting manual for your disposal.
If you want to look for floor damage around your toilet, just check the flooring for softness. Stand over the toilet, then rock it back and forth to see if any weakening in the floor has occurred. You can save money by noticing and treating this problem as early as possible.
A strainer should be placed over all the drains in order to gather particles that would just get in the drain and potentially cause stoppage. Kitchen sink strainers should be cleaned every time they collect large food particles. Kitchen filters should be changed often, while bathtub filters can be changed as needed.
Avoid putting grease, fat, and other oils down your drain. They can clog your drains once they cool down. Oils are especially damaging to garbage disposals. Get rid of any fat or oils outside or in the garbage can.
Keep the drain in your bathtub working well by pouring one cup baking soda into the drain quickly followed by about a cup of white vinegar. This will cause a chemical reaction to occur and you should plug the drain. After about 10 minutes you can flush the pipes out with boiling water. Although this is useful for clearing away simple clogs made of hair and soap debris, it will not work for serious blockages.
As you’ve seen, plumbing can seem intimidating, but it isn’t so tough. There are just many basic things to cover. You can handle any plumbing job armed with the right research, the will to work and common sense.