Plumbing skills are an advantageous addition to anyone’s skill set. You can take pride in being able to tackle problems as they arise, and you can stop trouble with proper maintenance. That is a very admirable quality. Like with any other skill set, you can always add and improve. Read on for some handy advice.
To keep your septic tank in good working order, it is advisable to have it pumped out every five years. 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. Although it is somewhat of an expense to pump out a septic tank, it is nothing compared to what you will have to spend on cleaning up a backup of sewage or repairing or replacing your septic system.
Only pay pay the plumber once the job is done. Some plumbers may require a deposit, but don’t fork over all the dough until the job is completed to spec. You want to make sure that the plumber completed everything that they said they would before they get your money.
Every so often, inspect the floor around your toilet and see if it has gone soft. Straddle your toilet by rocking it from foot to foot to see if there’s any weakening or softness on the floor below you. Identify any damage and repair it before it gets worse. In the long run, you are likely to save money by not putting off the repair.
Cleaning your in-sink garbage disposal can extend its lifetime significantly. 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.
Schedule all the plumbing work at one time. Of course, our natural inclination is to handle problems as they arise, but it helps to get everything done at once. Even if you only have one noticeable problem, you can still get a plumber to inspect other areas. You’ll save a ton of money by not having to pay a professional to come out multiple times, instead only paying them to show up once to handle different problems all at once.
A great maintenance routine for bathtub drains is to pour baking soda and vinegar into the drain opening once a month. Seal off the drain with a conventional plug or a piece of fabric while the natural chemical reaction takes place. After waiting a few minutes, flush the drain with boiling water. Doing this periodically should keep your pipes free of hair and soap scum.
You now know what you need to know, and have the equipment necessary to start doing some serious plumbing. Fabulous! However, even the most expert plumber can still learn more about his craft, and hopefully the tips you just read helped you gain a little more knowledge. You might have found a great idea or a new “regular” when it comes to your plumbing jobs.