Plumbing is a complicated, interesting, subject. As you are undoubtedly aware, a wide variety of tips, tools and techniques exist. Plumbing can also be a wonderful vehicle for home improvement when you find what works for you. The following hints and tips are designed to provide you with some of the information that you need to get started on developing your plumbing skills and knowledge.
Have your septic tank cleaned every five years to keep it in prime condition. 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. 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.
You can resolve most toilet clogs yourself. Try a plunger first. If plunging the toilet doesn’t seem to clear up a clog, check the toilet’s water level. If it’s too low, try filling a bucket with warm water. Open the toilet’s tank, and pour the water in. Repeat this once your water goes back to a lower level.
Get a good quality replacement shower head. People try to save money by buying the least expensive shower head that is out there. Like many cheap products, however, cheap shower heads are often not durable.
Choose enzyme based cleaners if your pipes get clogged. These cleaners use natural bacteria to turn the sludge into a liquid, and remove it from your pipes. Enzyme based cleaners are not corrosive so they won’t erode your metal pipes.
Frozen pipes can cost you a significant amount to repair. Fortunately, frozen pipes are easy to prevent. First, you need to check your outside pipe to make sure it has the proper insulation. With the onset of colder weather, disconnect and drain any hoses and shut off outside faucets. You can save money on plumbing bills by doing this.
Fix issues related to low water pressure that are a result of a buildup of sediment by cleansing the aerator. A small brush (an old toothbrush is ideal) dipped in vinegar will do a great job on the aerator after it’s been removed and disassembled. Thoroughly rinse off the aerator, put it back together and place it back on the faucet. This will improve the water pressure by clearing out blockages in the aerator.
Avoid using drain cleaners as much as possible. The chemicals that these cleaners are made up of are corrosive, and will damage the pipes in your house if you overuse them. Instead, if you find your drain is blocked up, look at hiring a professional to come out and look at it to see what the problem is.
As you can glean from the text above, there are a variety of different tips and techniques you can implement in order to handle those plumbing jobs. Plumbing is a skill used in every home, but each house will have it’s own system to deal with. This advice can be the beginning of plumbing success.