Taking care of plumbing problems yourself has a reputation for being troublesome. But, with the right advice and know-how, it is a lot easier than you think. You can be well on the way to a successful plumbing project, if you make use of the tips you’ll find below.
Avoiding frozen pies is easy if you ensure no area of your house ever falls below freezing and that any pipes which are exposed to such temperatures are protected with insulation. Pipes will freeze if they are exposed to temperatures below freezing. The best case scenario is that you can heat the pipes and the water will start flowing again. Frozen pipes can also burst, which can be very messy and expensive to repair.
You should clean your septic tank every five years! This prevents sediment from building up in the tank and causing a backup into your home or causing the failure of the septic system itself. Although having a septic tank pumped costs money, cleaning up sewage backup in your home will ultimately cost much more.
Your plumbing experience can go a lot smoother when you know your tools, as well as how to handle them properly. Read all of the equipment’s manuals and read up as much as you can on plumbing projects. Before attempting any repairs, plan ahead, or you may make a costly mistake.
Toilet discs and odor removers should never be used in your toilet. Both of these may help to eliminate odors from your toilet, but it can also damage the rubber parts of your toilet, causing it to not function probably, or even to break down completely.
If your toilet happens to be clogged, and the plunger is not working, you can pour a bucket of hot water down the toilet, but be sure to pour it from a height that is waist level or above so you do not flood the bathroom. Once the water level gets low again, repeat the process.
You can easily see if there are any serious damages caused by leaks by checking if the floor is soft around toilets. Sit reversed on the toilet (facing the tank) with your feet on the floor. Rock your weight onto each foot in turn and see if you can feel any weakness or “give” in the floor. When you have a problem like this to deal with, the earlier you detect it, the less expensive it will be to take care of.
Don’t pour oils, grease or fat down the drain. Oils will eventually harden and clog up your drain. This is especially true if you have a garbage disposal, as the fat will cause the blades to run slower and less efficiently. You should dispose of all oils outside of the sink.
Maintain smooth functioning of the drain in your bathtub by dropping baking soda and then vinegar down it on a monthly basis. Cover it with a plug or rag, since a chemical reaction should happen in the pipes. Wait for a bit, then flush with boiling water. This procedure should be able to clear pipes of hair and soap scum.
Check overflow holes to make sure there’s no clog. If your sink starts to overflow, the water will run into the overflow holes, this might not be a huge issue, unless they are clogged. Clean overflow holes as part of your annual maintenance, and any other time you are handling general plumbing repairs.
You can save a lot of money in your energy bills by putting in efficient shower heads. Most of the hot water we use is used while we are showering. By installing shower heads that are energy-efficient, you can save over a hundred bucks or more per every shower head in the home.
Always buy a high quality fixture if you are going to replace your shower head. It’s common to think it’s fine to buy the one that is the cheapest. Cheap shower heads are not well-made and are very likely to break. Buying a cheap shower head will end up costing you more money over the long-term.
As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and you’ll be on your way to doing your own plumbing.