Do you know much about the plumbing in your home? If you know about your plumbing, do you know how to work on it? What kind of skills do you have? 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.
To prevent frozen pipes, always keep the living spaces in your house above freezing, even if you aren’t home. Any exposed pipes need to be insulated against the outdoor temperatures. The pipes will be able to freeze if the temperature surrounding the pipes drops below freezing. It may take time to thaw so that you can have running water. At worst, they will burst and you’ll be paying to repair the damage.
If you discover a frozen water pipe, turn on a nearby faucet so that thawed ice has a place to go. This assists you in relieving pressure within the pipe, and could stop any bursting from occurring, which can prevent additional damage to your home.
To maintain a clean, well-functioning septic tank, it is recommended that you clean it out once every five years. Deposit and debris build up in your tank can result in major problems. In this case, the cost of prevention definitely outweighs having your septic backing up into your house or failing.
If you are unable to relieve a clogged toilet with a plunger, try pouring a small bucket of water into the bowl from about waist level if the level of water in the bowl is low. If one attempt doesn’t solve the problem, you can do it again once the water level stabilizes.
Ensure overflow holes don’t have any debris in them. Overflows holes can be used in the event the sink overfills, which is a big problem if they are clogged. When checking for potential problems and repairs, you should also remove obstructions from the overflow holes.
It is very important to to use lots of cold water when running your garbage disposal. Cold water helps to maintain the sharpness of the blades and makes the disposal run more smoothly. If you use hot water, any grease that is in the disposal will turn to liquid, and sit inside of the drain, which can clog your pipes.
Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket to keep potential problems to a minimum. Don’t flush items like paper towels, sanitary napkins, diapers or cotton balls, because these items don’t break down and may cause clogging issues. In addition, you should only use the amount of toilet paper that is absolutely necessary when cleaning yourself.
Have you learned a few things about plumbing? Do you feel you know more about the plumbing system in your home? Are your skills improving? Have you figured out how to use the things that work will work with the system that you have? Are you informed enough to use your equipment? The tips provided have given you an understanding of plumbing principles.