How much do you understand about plumbing? If you do, can you make it better? How does your plumbing skill set look? If you are not confident in your knowledge, read the following tips.
Frozen pipes are on of the worst plumbing problems. Prevent the pipes from freezing by insulating any sections of pipe that are close to the outside walls, and never allowing the temperature inside to be below freezing. The pipes will be able to freeze if the temperature surrounding the pipes drops below freezing. It can take a while for the pipes to thaw, which means you will not be able to run water for quite some time. However, your pipes can explode, as well – making a huge plumbing bill.
Have a professional flush your septic tank every five years or so to keep it working well. This will keep sediment from building and causing backup into the house, and possibly causing the septic system to fail. The cost to have your tank pumped might be a little steep, but it sure beats the alternative of dealing with sewage in your home or on your property.
Knowing what tools are what and the proper way to use them will make you much better at plumbing. Read your manuals and books, either online or at the library, to teach yourself do it yourself plumbing. Be sure to plan before starting a repair, because it can be expensive to fix mistakes.
Odor removers such as bleach toilets are not good for your plumbing system. These things may help improve smells, but they can damage the rubber components of a toiler, which can cause it to function improperly or even worse, completely break down.
Never put fat, grease, or oils into your drain. Whenever they cool, they tend to harden and make clogs inside your drains. Even with a garbage disposal, you are going to cause it to be less efficient and risk drain backups. Dump your oil outside or in a container that you throw out with the regular trash.
Set up a time when all plumbing work will be completed 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. It is a lot more cost effective as you will only be paying for one call-out fee instead of multiple trips.
A great maintenance routine for bathtub drains is to pour baking soda and vinegar into the drain opening once a month. Cover the drain up with a plug or old rag, as there will be a chemical reaction in the pipes. Wait until the chemical reaction runs its course, then flush the pipes by pouring in a kettle full of boiling water. This method clears out soap scum buildup and accumulated hair that gets caught in the pipes.
Do you feel you know more about plumbing now? Have you a better understanding of your home system? Have your plumbing skills increased? Will you be able to use the things in your system? Are you knowledgeable when it comes to using plumbing tools safely? Hopefully, these tips created better answers to these questions.