If you plan on maintaining your plumbing yourself, there is a world of information that you need to know. Whether you are outfitting your tool shed or wading through local regulations, knowledge is critical. These tips will give you the information you need to be a better plumber!
If your pipes make squeaking and hammering noises, it may be very simple to fix. Exposed pipes need to be anchored. You are going to need a professional if the pipes will be located in the ceiling, walls, or the floors.
If you discover that a water pipe has frozen, find the tap closest to the pipe so when the thaw happens, the water has an exit point. If there is too much pressure within the pipe, it may burst, causing other forms of damage in the home.
You should have your septic tank pumped once every five years for best performance. Doing so avoids sediment build up, so that you don’t have any kind of septic system backup. It may be a bit expensive to pump a septic tank, but it will be very expensive to clean up an emergency sewage problem.
Do not attempt fixing your garbage disposal with bare hands. Even an un-powered garbage disposal presents significant danger. You can look online to find the diagram for the disposal that you have.
Do not put any oil, fat, or greasy foods or products in your sink. They can clog your drains once they cool down. They’ll also muck up your garbage disposal and cause it to be less efficient. The best thing to do is to dispose of oil-based liquids away from your sinks.
Whenever you have plumbing work that needs to be done, you should schedule all problems at one time. You might be tempted to have a plumber come out for every little thing that happens, but kicking the can on some issues until you have a list means you can save a few bucks. It is a lot more cost effective as you will only be paying for one call-out fee instead of multiple trips.
You can save a lot of money in your energy bills by putting in efficient shower heads. A lot of the hot water that we use is used when we shower. A single energy efficient shower head can save you $100 a year.
If you notice water draining into your dishwasher, check how the kitchen sink hoses are installed. A hose that is properly installed should lead uphill, then downhill, to discourage water from each area from mixing.
If you have to take out the clean out plug and cannot do it, you can do it this two ways. A hammer and chisel can be used to slacken the fitting. The other option is chiseling through to clean out the plug.
In conclusion, plumbing is actually quite straight forward. You will just need to take care of your basics prior to starting. All that is needed to start is common sense, effort and research to determine the most efficient way of handling your particular job.