Right now is an opportune time to educate yourself about the world of plumbing. You may have thought of doing it before now, but you just couldn’t find the time to do so. The excellent tips below will make you very happy you took the time now, especially the next time a basic plumbing issue creeps into your life.
Don’t let your house temperature drop to below freezing and make sure to insulate anything that is exposed to the outside elements to prevent frozen pipes. If the ambient temperature around the pipes is below freezing, the pipes can freeze. It can take a while for the pipes to thaw, which means you will not be able to run water for quite some time. However, frozen pipes often burst, causing damage to your home and a hefty repair bill.
Having your septic tank pumped out on a regular basis will keep it functioning properly. Having your septic pumped will keep sediments from settling to the bottom of the septic tank and causing the tank to malfunction or backup. Although it is somewhat of an expense to pump out a septic tank, it is nothing compared to what you will have to spend on cleaning up a backup of sewage or repairing or replacing your septic system.
Knowing all your different tools and how they are used will be a great help when you work on a plumbing job. Study before any do it yourself project by reading any relevant manuals, going online and even making trips to your local public library. Be sure to have a plan ahead of time before trying any type of repair, it could very expensive to fix the mistake.
If you discover a problem with the garbage disposal, don’t ever reach into it with your hands to attempt to fix it. Your garbage disposal is a dangerous device, even when turned off. Hire a professional, or at least find your owner’s manual to look at a diagram of the disposal. Many owner’s manuals are available online, and may even contain interactive troubleshooters.
Keep a strainer over every drain in your house to prevent stray debris from clogging your pipes. You should clean your strainer in your kitchen anytime you have anything in it. Keep the bathroom drains cleaned out too.
If your home operates on well water and you notice pink or orange stains in your bathtub and other fixtures, this is no doubt due to iron in the water. This is something that needs to be taken care of by water softener, which you can buy at a store, or have a company come out to your house and take care of it for you.
You should be able to understand your plumbing problems well enough to know if you can do it yourself, or if you should hire a plumber. You will not only save a ton of money, but you could actually make some money fixing minor plumbing issues your friends and family encounter. Hopefully you have learned from these tips and will apply these the next time you need to.