Many people think do-it-yourself plumbing is difficult. As long as you can find some accurate information to assist you in making repairs, it shouldn’t be a problem at all. This article is packed with plumbing tips to help you finish any plumbing project you begin.
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. Pipes can freeze when the ambient temperature in the area of the pipes dips below freezing. If they freeze, it will be awhile for them to gradually warm. Therefore, it will take some time for you to have running water again. 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. Doing this prevents any sediment from getting built up within the tank, which causes a backup in your home or causes your entire septic system to fail. While you may find it costly to get your septic tank cleaned out, the cost is much higher to have sewage and backups cleaned up and your septic tank repaired or replaced.
If a plunger is ineffective, you might be able to do the trick with a bucket of warm water. Repeat this as many times as necessary until your clog is gone, and you can flush normally once again.
If you encounter a problem with your garbage disposal, resist the urge to reach in and fix it with your bare hands. Even while turned off, the garbage disposal is still a dangerous place for your fingers. Research your disposal online to locate a detailed diagram or troubleshooting guide for your model.
Check the floors in your bathroom for any give in order to be sure that there is no damage in the floors. Sit on the toilet and move from side to side, placing one foot on the ground. As you do, see if the floor lacks sturdiness or feels otherwise soft. You could save yourself money but noticing that problem sooner, rather than later.
Keep grease, fat and oil out of your kitchen drain. These substances will harden as soon as they cool down, and clog your drains. A garbage disposal can even become clogged by hardened grease and it will not run at optimum speed and efficiency. Pour the grease and oil into a can to cool, put it in the trash.
Keep your garbage disposal clean to make sure it lasts for awhile. In order to keep it clean, you can use a mixture of dish soap, cherry pits and lemon rinds which will keep the disposal running smooth and smelling fresh.
As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and you’ll be on your way to doing your own plumbing.