It is important for your home’s safety and also your wallet that you learn a little bit about plumbing. Perhaps you could improve your skills. How high is your skill level? If you are unable to answer each of these questions satisfactorily, keep reading.
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. If the temperature surrounding these pipes is below the freezing point, your pipes could freeze. If pipes do freeze, the best possible scenario would include taking time for the pipes to thaw and any frozen water to drain. But, more importantly, the pipes can burst, which will cause a huge mess and big repair bill.
To maintain a clean, well-functioning septic tank, it is recommended that you clean it out once every five years. 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 is a small price to pay now to keep your septic in good working order and prevent having to pay for a major repair caused by a backup.
If your toilet gets clogged, there is a low level of water in toilet, and the plunger is not working, you may fix the problem by dumping warm water from a bucket into your toilet from about waist level. After the water level in the toilet bowl has gone down, you can repeat the procedure until the blockage is cleared.
Never use your bare hands to try fixing your garbage disposal. Garbage disposals can be very dangerous, so take caution when fixing it, even while it’s turned off. Research on the Internet for diagrams, troubleshooters or FAQ’s about your disposal.
Maintain smooth functioning of the drain in your bathtub by dropping baking soda and then vinegar down it on a monthly basis. Afterward, place a washcloth or towel over the top of the drain, to keep the chemical reactions contained. Wait a while, then flush it with boiling water. Although this is useful for clearing away simple clogs made of hair and soap debris, it will not work for serious blockages.
Flush your drain with a constant stream of cold water when operating your drain mounted disposal unit. Blades will stay sharper with cold water, making disposal quicker. Hot water will liquefy grease and build up inside the drain, eventually causing clogs.
If the hose that leads to your kitchen sink has not been maintained or installed properly, you may notice that water is constantly draining to the dishwasher. Your hose must run in a hill pattern to avoid water mixing. Think of the St. Louis Arch — start from your sink, go uphill with the hose, and then down before connecting to the dishwasher. This way, only pressurized water can travel through the hose. Leakage won’t be an issue.
Have you gained valuable information about plumbing? Are you aware of the specific piping in your house? Do you feel your skills have improved? Do you think you can use the information that will fix your system? Are you comfortable with your knowledge on how to use the required equipment? With any luck, the tips above should have created better answers.