Anyone who has spent any time in a house with running water knows plumbing problems can and do happen. Some problems are a simple fix, but others need a professional. Whatever your particular situation, you need to be educated about plumbing so you will know if you need to call a plumber, or if you can fix it yourself.
If your water pipe has frozen, start water running in the faucet closest to the frozen pipe. This will give excess water somewhere to drain as the ice in the pipe thaws. This assists you in relieving pressure within the pipe, and could stop any bursting from occurring, which can prevent additional damage to your home.
To maintain a clean, well-functioning septic tank, it is recommended that you clean it out once every five years. This stop sedimentary particles from accumulating in the tank, and in the worst cases, flooding your home or making the entire system to fail. Getting your septic tank drained occasionally may be expensive, but it’s dirt cheap compared to the cost of repairing a damaged septic system or the cleanup cost when raw sewage backs up into your home.
Wait until a job is done before you pay for it. There might be a down payment required, but you do not give him the total cost before he is finished. Knowing that the plumber performed all services, as promised, can be good for your peace of mind and your wallet.
You should avoid using blue toilet tablets, bleach tablets or any other odor removers in your toilet. While they may make your toilet smell pretty, they can erode the rubber parts in the toilet and cause it to stop working.
If you have a clogged toilet with the water level very low, and plunging it isn’t working, it’s possible to resolve this by pouring warm water from a bucket directly into the toilet bowl from about waist level. The water needs to be at a low level again in order to repeat the process.
If you want to look for floor damage around your toilet, just check the flooring for softness. Put a foot on each side of the toilet and put weight on each side, if you have any give you may have damage. You can wind up saving your money simply by noticing the problem early on.
Never pour grease or anything fatty or oily into your drain. Grease hardens when it cools and will clog your pipes. Oils are especially damaging to garbage disposals. Dispose of oils and fatty liquids in the trash.
Cleaning your in-sink garbage disposal can extend its lifetime significantly. By incorporating a regular cleaning routine, your garbage disposal can stay running smoothly. One way to clean your disposal is to run dish detergent and lemon rinds through your garbage disposal. As an added benefit, this technique will also eliminate any scents from your disposal.
As was said earlier, many problems can occur with plumbing, both large and small. If you use the tips you have just learned, you will have an easier time fixing whatever problems you may encounter.