Everyone has plumbing questions, every now and then. It is important to have the necessary knowledge to fix plumbing issues yourself instead of calling a professional. This article will help you gain the knowledge you need to not only fix issues, but properly maintain your pipes as well.
Obnoxiously loud pipes that like to squeal and hammer are easy situations to correct. You simply have to securely fasten any pipes that are exposed. You may need to hire a professional to help with any projects involving pipes that are hidden in the floors, ceiling or walls.
In order to prevent any pipes within your home from freezing, you should never let the home temperature get below freezing. Always insulate pipes exposed to elements. The pipes may freeze if the surrounding temperature drops below freezing. If they do freeze, you are looking at some time before they can thaw out, thus you will have to wait for running water. They could also burst costing you a lot of money and repairs.
Have a professional flush your septic tank every five years or so to keep it working well. This will prevent sediment from piling up in your tank, which could cause it to overflow into your home and yard, or even cause the entire septic system to fail. Pumping a septic tank might cost a lot of money, but it will cost your more money to clean any back up in sewage you may have had, and replacing your septic tank costs even more!!
Avoid the use of products for your toilet that help with odor, such as bleach tablets. These products can be great when it comes to getting rid of odors, but unfortunately, they can cause significant damage to the rubber portions of your toilet. This can lead to it breaking down or having other issues.
Avoid putting grease, fat, and other oils down your drain. These substances will harden as soon as they cool down, and clog your drains. This is most true if you use a garbage disposal, as the fat causes the blades to function slower and they will become less efficient. To keep your drain running efficiently, dispose of fats and oils in other ways besides pouring them down the drain.
In order to ensure that your garbage disposal will last for as long as your home, keep it clean on a regular basis. By regularly “cleaning” the disposal with lemon rinds, cherry pits and dish soap, you can make sure that your garbage disposal is running well and smelling so clean it could be new.
You can pour baking soda down a drain followed by some vinegar if you want to keep drains clear. This should be done once a month, and a cup each of baking soda and vinegar should be used. Cover it with a plug or rag, since a chemical reaction should happen in the pipes. Flush it with boiling water after a few minutes. This procedure should be able to clear pipes of hair and soap scum.
Being prepared will be of assistance, should a plumbing issue arise. In addition, performing a small amount of routine maintenance could help stop any problems. This article can help you to safely meet and maintain your home’s plumbing needs.