How experienced are you with plumbing? Do you need to improve it in any way? How high is your skill level? If answering these questions was difficult or you found your answers unsatisfactory, keep reading for a few tips to give you a broader knowledge base.
Avoid septic tank problems by having your tank pumped out in five year intervals. 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. It will cost some to have the septic tank pumped, but it would cost much more to have it cleaned, repaired or replaced due to sewage back up.
Get the appropriate tools, and know exactly how to use them before you start working on your plumbing. Read all of the equipment’s manuals and read up as much as you can on plumbing projects. Before undertaking repairs on your own, you should have a plan; otherwise, a mistake could make repairs even more costly.
Don’t use bleach tablets, odor removers or those blue tablets in your toilet. While these tablets may be an easy way to clean your toilet and hide odors, they also contain chemicals that can break down the rubber fixtures in your toilet. Long-term use of these products can slow or even stop the functioning of your toilet.
Keep grease, fat and oil out of your kitchen drain. As they cool off, they can solidify and effectively create clogs and blockages in your drains. Grease is of particular concern when there is a disposal unit installed in your drain. It can cause the unit to lose efficiency. Pour the grease and oil into a can to cool, put it in the trash.
Don’t use your toilet as a trash can in order to avoid problems. If you flush improper items such as disposable diapers, facial tissue, cotton balls, paper toweling, tampons or sanitary napkins down the toilet, you will surely have problems with clogs. Even toilet tissue should be used conservatively. Use enough to clean yourself, of course, but if you need to use wads of tissue you should flush several times in the process instead of waiting till the end.
If there’s grout stuck inside your line, it’s most likely will be a losing cause if you try to fix it all by yourself. You could try to break up all the grout to send it down further. This will work better if the pipes you have are plastic instead of metal. On the other hand, this situation usually ends in a call to a professional plumber.
Did you learn something new about plumbing? Do you know which type of plumbing your home has? Are your skills getting better? Are you now able to utilize things that can apply to your home system? Do you have a little more of an inkling when it comes to using plumbing equipment? The tips provided have given you an understanding of plumbing principles.