Every homeowner will run into questions about plumbing, every now and then. We would like to know how to fix something ourselves if a problem comes up, and we would like to learn some general maintenance tips. By reading this article you will learn both so you’re ready for a plumbing emergency.
Water hammer problems, pipe noise due to water hitting the back of the pipe, can be easily repaired. What you will have to do is anchor any pipes that are exposed. Get a professional to anchor any hidden pipes if you do not wish to do some work in your floors or walls by yourself.
You can prevent frozen pipes within the home, by ensuring the temperature does not fall below freezing. Another important step is insulating pipes that are exposed to cold temperatures. The pipes may freeze if the surrounding temperature drops below freezing. In the best case scenario, you will have to wait until they thaw so that the water runs again. The other option is the pipes may burst, which would result in significant repair costs and a mess to clean up.
When it gets very cold, your pipes may freeze. If it does, relieve the pressure in the pipe by turning on the tap so the water can be released as the pipe thaws. This will help relieve pressure in pipes to prevent them from bursting, which may prevent bigger damage for your home.
Pump your septic tank about once every five years, to make sure it is working well. This stop sedimentary particles from accumulating in the tank, and in the worst cases, flooding your home or making the entire system to fail. There is a cost to having a company pump out your septic tank. But, a serious backup can cost a lot more if it mean replacing the tank.
If you are unable to relieve a clogged toilet with a plunger, try pouring a small bucket of water into the bowl from about waist level if the level of water in the bowl is low. The water should go down, and you can pour another bucket of water if the toilet is still clogged.
You should put a strainer over your drains to catch anything that could clog your drain up. You should clean your strainer in your kitchen anytime you have anything in it. Clean out the bathtup strainer every few days before it becomes clogged.
Don’t pour cooking grease, leftover frying fat or any oils down your sink drain. These materials may be liquid when you pour them in, but they will solidify and cause problems. A garbage disposal can even become clogged by hardened grease and it will not run at optimum speed and efficiency. Throw away oils nowhere near the sink.
It’s key that you are educated before a problem happens. If you do maintenance regularly, you can prevent problems. If you follow these tips, you can be ready to fix anything else that goes wrong with your plumbing.