Water is the source of life, but it is sometimes a nemesis to a homeowner with plumbing problems. There aren’t many ways to destroy a house faster than to leave a major plumbing problem unfixed. Fortunately for you, there are a ton of things you can do to prevent these nightmares and to fix them when they happen.
If you discover a frozen water pipe, turn on a nearby faucet so that thawed ice has a place to go. This will relive some of the pressure, and could prevent cracks from appearing.
If you want to maintain effective functionality in your spetic tank, pumping it out twice a decade is a really good idea. Septic systems can back up when the septic tank builds up sediment. This can even result in the septic system failing altogether. Although it could cost a good deal of money to pump out your septic tank, it will cost a lot more having to clean sewage backup or having to fix or replace a septic tank.
Never pay for a plumbing job completely until they have finished the job. You may need to pay some money in the beginning, though you should not pay the full cost until you can be certain that the job was done correctly. It is a good thing to know the plumber did his job as he agreed to before he get’s all of his money.
Stay away from bleach tablets, blue tablets for the toilet and other toilet odor removers. They may get rid of toilet odors, but they can damage the rubber in the toilet, which can cause it to break down completely or to not function at all.
If you want to look for floor damage around your toilet, just check the flooring for softness. Stand over the toilet, then rock it back and forth to see if any weakening in the floor has occurred. It could potentially save money by discovering any problems before too much damage occurs.
Use a drain strainer to prevent small particles from sliding down your drain and causing clogs. The strainer in the kitchen sink should be cleaned each time you have large particles trapped in it. The bathtub’s strainers need to cleaned out on a regular basis.
If your house uses well water and there are orange or pink stains in tubs or sinks, it’s because of the iron level in the water. You can combat this by using a water softener. You can either purchase it at a store, or hire a company to come to your house to set it up for you.
If you have multiple plumbing problems, schedule all of them to be fixed together. While you may be tempted to call the plumber whenever you have a slight problem, scheduling it all at once gives you the opportunity to save money to pay for the repairs. Also, combining smaller jobs into one larger job lets the plumber finish his work faster and therefore saves you money.
You need to be properly educated and prepared in order to stay away from plumbing problems. Even just learning the basics will go a long way to prevent costly and damaging mistakes. Also, that savvy homeowner who researches everything and prepares for undertaking a plumbing issue before it really begins is better able to repair the problem more quickly and easily.