How experienced are you with plumbing? If so, do you want to make it better? Describe your current skill level. Can you unclog a toilet? What about fixing a water leak under the sink? If you are not confident in your knowledge, read the following tips.
Plumbing that constantly squeaks, pounds, and emits other noises is irritating but, fortunately, the problem is often easily fixed. Exposed pipes need to be anchored. If pipes are located in the floor, ceiling or walls, you might want to have a professional help you complete the project.
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. Pipes will freeze if they are exposed to temperatures below freezing. At best, it can take time for them to thaw and for you to be able to have running water. However, frozen pipes often burst, causing damage to your home and a hefty repair bill.
If you discover a frozen water pipe, turn on a nearby faucet so that thawed ice has a place to go. This will relieve pressure and might prevent the pipe from bursting, preventing further damage.
Pump your septic tank about once every five years, to make sure it is working well. Having it cleaned out prevents the sediment from accumulating in the septic tank and creating a sewage backup in your house or triggering the meltdown of the entire septic system. Hiring a professional to pump out your septic tank is costly, but it is far preferable to the damages that could be incurred if the tank becomes backed-up or inoperative.
If your toilet is clogged, the water level in the toilet is low, and a plunger is not doing the trick, you may be able to resolve the problem by pouring a bucket of warm water into the toilet from waist level or higher. Once the water is lower, do this again.
Avoid placing fat, grease, and other oils into your drain. When they cool, they’ll harden and clog your drain. This is especially damaging to garbage disposals because the fat can make the blades turn more slowly and less efficiently. Keep a container in your kitchen that is used specifically for discarded grease.
If your home has well water and you start seeing orange or pink stains, that is from iron in your water supply. A water softener will take care of the issue. This can either be done by yourself, or you can hire a professional to come and take care of.
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. Cover the drain with an old rag, because there will be a chemical reaction taking place inside the pipes. Wait for a bit, then flush with boiling water. Your pipes will soon be clear of accumulated hair and soap scum.
What is your knowledge level about plumbing? Are you aware of the specific piping in your house? Have your plumbing skills improved? Are you able to now utilize items that are compatible with your specific type of system? Are you skilled with all of the equipment? With a bit of luck, the tips in this article should result in positive answers.