Plumbing problems can always pop up. There are some plumbing things that can seem hard while others can seem easier to deal with. Regardless of the exact issue, it is critical that you understand at least the basics of plumbing so that you can fix the problem or get it fixed in a very timely fashion.
Don’t let your house temperature drop to below freezing and make sure to insulate anything that is exposed to the outside elements to prevent frozen pipes. Obviously, if it is below freezing outdoors, the pipes will be subjected to the same temperatures. In the very least, you could lose running water inside while waiting for the pipes to unfreeze. However, frozen pipes often burst, causing damage to your home and a hefty repair bill.
Pump your septic tank every five years to keep it working well. This will keep sediment from hanging out in your tank and eventually causing there to be a backup in your home. It may be a bit expensive to pump a septic tank, but it will be very expensive to clean up an emergency sewage problem.
Don’t use any colored tablets that claim to be cleaners in your toilet. These things may help improve smells, but they can damage the rubber components of a toiler, which can cause it to function improperly or even worse, completely break down.
Check the floor for soft areas around the toilet to determine floor damage. Straddle the toilet, then start rocking on each foot to check whether you feel softness or weakening on the floor under you. By noticing a problem early on, you can save yourself a bunch of money if you were to leave it alone.
Don’t pour cooking grease, leftover frying fat or any oils down your sink drain. Whenever they cool, they tend to harden and make clogs inside your drains. Your garbage disposal is particularly vulnerable to this issue, as the fat solids will slow the motion of the blades. This results in the disposal operating less efficiently. Dump your oil outside or in a container that you throw out with the regular trash.
Schedule your plumbing jobs all together. Of course, our natural inclination is to handle problems as they arise, but it helps to get everything done at once. Even if you only have one noticeable problem, you can still get a plumber to inspect other areas. Because most plumbers charge labor by the hour on top of a flat call rate, you can significantly reduce your bill by reducing the trips they make to your home.
Check your fixtures to ensure the overflow holes are clear of debris and mineral build-up. Overflows holes can be used in the event the sink overfills, which is a big problem if they are clogged. Inspect and clean the overflow holes as part of your regular household maintenance.
As stated before, plumbing problems can be miniscule or great. If you use the tips you have just learned, you will have an easier time fixing whatever problems you may encounter.