Doing repairs on your plumbing system is not as hard as you would think. But, with the right advice and know-how, it is a lot easier than you think. This article is full of plumbing tips that will help get your project completed.
If you have pipes that sound as if they’re squeaking or hammering, it’s an easy fix. Exposed pipes will have to be anchored. Call a plumber to help with pipes that require you to cut a hole in a wall, ceiling or floor.
To prevent pipes from freezing, don’t let temperatures drop under freezing in your home, and insulate external pipes. The pipes will be able to freeze if the temperature surrounding the pipes drops below freezing. If they do freeze, you are looking at some time before they can thaw out, thus you will have to wait for running water. Frozen pipes can also burst, which can be very messy and expensive to repair.
Avoid septic tank problems by having your tank pumped out in five year intervals. Having it cleaned out prevents the sediment from accumulating in the septic tank and creating a sewage backup in your house or triggering the meltdown of the entire septic system. Although it is somewhat of an expense to pump out a septic tank, it is nothing compared to what you will have to spend on cleaning up a backup of sewage or repairing or replacing your septic system.
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. While they are good at removing odors, they have a detrimental effect on the parts of the toilet that are rubber. This can make it not function correctly and may even break it.
Check for floor damage around your toilet. If the floor around your toilet feels softer than the rest of the floor in your bathroom, there’s damage you need to address. Straddle your toilet by rocking it from foot to foot to see if there’s any weakening or softness on the floor below you. It’s important to catch and address floor damage problems as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more expensive the repair will be.
Don’t put things like fat, oil or grease down your drains. As they cool off, they can solidify and effectively create clogs and blockages in your drains. A garbage disposal can even become clogged by hardened grease and it will not run at optimum speed and efficiency. Throw away oils nowhere near the sink.
Run cold water through your garbage disposal. The cold water will help keep the blades nice and sharp and will allow for a much smoother disposal. Hot water liquifies grease and causes it to buildup in the drain, causing clogs in the pipes.
As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and you’ll be on your way to doing your own plumbing.