Do you feel that your home’s plumbing is in good condition? Are you interested in fixing it yourself? If honing your plumbing skills is your goal, this article can help you. Fixing problems yourself will require the purchase of specific tools but you will end up saving money on a professional plumber.
Noisy pipes that make squeaking or hammering sounds are an easy problem to fix. What you will have to do is anchor any pipes that are exposed. Pipes that are contained within the floors, walls and ceilings may need to be attended by a professional plumber.
Frozen pipes are on of the worst plumbing problems. Prevent the pipes from freezing by insulating any sections of pipe that are close to the outside walls, and never allowing the temperature inside to be below freezing. Obviously, frozen pipes occur due to freezing environmental conditions. The best case scenario is that you can heat the pipes and the water will start flowing again. The other option is the pipes may burst, which would result in significant repair costs and a mess to clean up.
Avoid septic tank problems by having your tank pumped out in five year intervals. This keeps the sediment from building in the tank, which can cause septic tank failure or backup into your house. 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!!
Make sure there is a strainer covering all drains in order to collect particles that would cause a clog if they went down the drain. Every time you have large particles in the strainer of the kitchen sink, it should be cleaned thoroughly. The ones in the bathroom can be cleaned out as needed.
Never put fat, grease, or oils into your drain. They can clog your drains once they cool down. Oils are especially damaging to garbage disposals. The best thing to do is to dispose of oil-based liquids away from your sinks.
To maintain your garbage disposal and avoid malfunction, you should regularly clean it. You can prevent annoying odors and promote smooth operation by setting up a regular cleaning routine with lemon rinds, dish soap, and even cherry pits.
A great maintenance routine for bathtub drains is to pour baking soda and vinegar into the drain opening once a month. This will cause a chemical reaction to occur and you should plug the drain. Allow some time to pass, then follow up by pouring down boiling hot water. Doing this will help rid your pipes of disgusting soap scum and blockages.
Ensure that the overflow holes in your sinks are not clogged. If your sink starts to overflow, the water will run into the overflow holes, this might not be a huge issue, unless they are clogged. Inspect and clean the overflow holes as part of your regular household maintenance.
Because you’ve read over the above article, you should feel confident and excited about doing some of your own plumbing. We hope that these tips can help you! Through trial and error, you are sure to find something that works for you.