Although water is the main source of life, in plumbing it can be the most detrimental and frustrate every homeowner. Few issues, short of a natural disaster, can cause more damage to a house than a serious plumbing fault. However, there are many ways homeowners can protect themselves from these issues and create plans for minimizing these issues when they do arise.
If you want to maintain effective functionality in your spetic tank, pumping it out twice a decade is a really good idea. This keeps the tank from developing a buildup of sediment, thereby preventing the septic system from backing up or failing altogether as a result. 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.
Never put your hands in your garbage disposal to fix a problem. A garbage disposal can be dangerous, even when it is not on. It’s advised to obtain a diagram, possibly off of the Internet, that depicts your machine in accurate detail.
Position a strainer over all drains to collect any particles that would otherwise go down the drain and possibly cause a stoppage. Thoroughly clean the strainer on a regular basis. You should clean out the strainer in your bathtub often.
Keep your bathtub in good shape by using a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down its drain monthly. Put a rag over the drain afterward, though, to keep the chemicals from coming back up after the reaction. After waiting a few minutes, flush the drain with boiling water. This procedure should clear the pipes of soap scum and accumulated hair.
You can drastically reduce your utility bills with the installation of shower heads designed for better efficiency. Your shower consumes a majority of the hot water usage in your home. If you use energy efficient heads for your showers, you can save hundreds each year on your bills.
If water is draining into a dishwasher, it is probably because the hose attached to the sink is not installed correctly. The water will not drain into the dishwasher from the sink if it is configured in an uphill and downhill position.
To limit toilet problems, don’t use it as a trash can. You should never flush cotton balls, sanitary pads, tissues, paper towels, diapers, or certain other materials, because these things don’t dissolve and could clog up your toilet. 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.
The keys to avoiding plumbing problems is great preparation and education. The homeowner who learns a little bit about plumbing is more likely to make wise decisions and avoid dangerous plumbing situations. A homeowner that researches plumbing and knows what they’re doing before a problem happens will be better off if there is a problem.