Water can be a serious source of issues for a homeowner. There is not much else short of catastrophe that is going to cause as much damage to a home as plumbing issues. The good news is there are steps that every homeowner can take to stop plumbing nightmares from coming to life, and for fixing them before they get out of control.
Anchoring your pipes can eliminate the hammering and squeaking noises caused by loose pipes and fitting. Those pipes will need to be anchored if they are exposed. If these pipes are located in the floors, ceiling or walls, you are probably best calling a profession plumber to take over the project.
To prevent pipes in your house from freezing, do not let the temperature in the house dip below freezing. Also, any pipes exposed to the cold should be insulated. But, be advised that your pipes may freeze if the surrounding temperature near those pipes is less than freezing. In the best situation, it can take hours for frozen pipes to thaw and water to run freely again. The other option is the pipes may burst, which would result in significant repair costs and a mess to clean up.
To keep your septic tank in good working order, it is advisable to have it pumped out every five years. This will stop any buildup in your septic tank and prevent any horrible issues. Pumping a septic tank might cost a lot of money, but it will cost your more money to clean any back up in sewage you may have had, and replacing your septic tank costs even more!!
You do not give the plumber all the money until he is finished with his work. It is customary for many companies to require you to put money down before they begin the job, but always wait to pay the rest of the balance until the job is totally finished. It is vital that you check your plumber has done all the work he promised before you have over the full payment. This will protect you against being scammed by fraudulent tradesmen.
It’s a bad idea to makes use of toilet tablets composed of bleach or in the color blue, or in fact any one designed to remove odors. These products may well remove odors, but they have the side effect of damaging the rubber in your toilet, which can prevent your toilet from functioning correctly.
Keep grease, fat and oil out of your kitchen drain. These substances will clog the drain as they cool and harden. Oils are especially damaging to garbage disposals. Pour the grease and oil into a can to cool, put it in the trash.
If your home operates on well water and you notice pink or orange stains in your bathtub and other fixtures, this is no doubt due to iron in the water. You can use water softener that you buy at the store to remedy this situation, or you can have a professional do it for you.
Preparation and plumbing education are what is needed to avoid plumbing mishaps. A homeowner is likely to make good decisions and avoid plumbing disasters if he bothers to learn some things about the subject. A homeowner who knows something about plumbing can often fix issues before they become major crises.