How much do you really know about your home’s plumbing? If you do understand the current plumbing system in your home, are you thinking about revamping it? Describe your current skill level. Can you unclog a toilet? What about fixing a water leak under the sink? If answering these questions was difficult or you found your answers unsatisfactory, keep reading for a few tips to give you a broader knowledge base.
If you discover a frozen water pipe, turn on a nearby faucet so that thawed ice has a place to go. This can prevent damage to your house because it lets the pressure that is in the pipe out, and keeps it from bursting.
Pump out your septic tank at least every five years to keep it in proper working condition. 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. In this case, the cost of prevention definitely outweighs having your septic backing up into your house or failing.
Avoid putting grease, fat, and other oils down your drain. They might be in liquid form, but after they cool off, they will solidify and make a clog in your drain pipe. This is primarily true if you are someone who has a garbage disposal; the fats will make the blades go slower and less freely. To keep your drain running efficiently, dispose of fats and oils in other ways besides pouring them down the drain.
Keep the garbage disposal clean to make sure it will last as many years as your house does. If your garbage disposal begins to emit a bad smell, run some dish detergent and citrus rinds through the cycle to make it smell fresher.
Here is a good tip for a safe, inexpensive way to keep the drain in your bathtub trouble-free. Take one cup of baking soda and pour it into the drain. Then do the same with a cup of vinegar. Do this procedure once a month. Cover the drain with a plug or rag as you wait for the chemical reaction between the vinegar and baking soda to happen in your pipes. After letting it sit for a few moments, clear the pipes out with a gallon of boiling water. This process should open up the pipes by clearing out hair build-up and soap scum.
Ensure overflow holes have not been clogged. The overflow holes are there to make sure the sink doesn’t overfill, which can become a problem if they are blocked. It’s easy to maintain your plumbing, in this regard. When you’re performing periodic checks, simply clear any overflow holes while checking for other potential problems.
Have you gained more knowledge about plumbing? Do you know what kind of plumbing system is in your home now? Are your plumbing skills better now? Are you aware of fittings and tools that are compatible with your home’s plumbing? Are you knowledgeable on how to use the equipment properly? With any luck, the tips above should have created better answers.