You are about to enter the wonderful world of plumbing! As you can see, there are all kinds of techniques, equipment, and so much more. There is so much information available, so it can be difficult to know where to start. Read the tips below for a few helpful pieces of information to guide you.
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. If ambient temperature surrounding pipes goes below freezing, pipes can freeze as well. In the best situation, it can take hours for frozen pipes to thaw and water to run freely again. But, more importantly, the pipes can burst, which will cause a huge mess and big repair bill.
If you have a frozen pipe, turn on the nearest faucet so the water has an escape route when the pipe starts to thaw. This will help relieve pressure in pipes to prevent them from bursting, which may prevent bigger damage for your home.
Avoid septic tank problems by having your tank pumped out in five year intervals. This will stop any buildup in your septic tank and prevent any horrible issues. The cost to have your tank pumped might be a little steep, but it sure beats the alternative of dealing with sewage in your home or on your property.
Knowing about the tools and how you’re supposed to use them may greatly help with your plumbing jobs. Read your manuals and books, either online or at the library, to teach yourself do it yourself plumbing. Don’t just blindly rush into a project. Plan each project so that you don’t make costly mistakes.
You need to avoid using any kind of tablet or odor remover in your toilet if at all possible. They can clean the bowl and remove odors, but they also damage the soft plastic and rubber parts in and around your toilet.
If something is wrong with the disposal in your sink, avoid the temptation to stick your hand in there to fix it. Even if it is are switched off, a garbage disposal can be very dangerous. Hire a professional, or at least find your owner’s manual to look at a diagram of the disposal. Many owner’s manuals are available online, and may even contain interactive troubleshooters.
A strainer should be placed over all the drains in order to gather particles that would just get in the drain and potentially cause stoppage. Every time you have large particles in the strainer of the kitchen sink, it should be cleaned thoroughly. The ones in your bathtub should also be cleaned frequently, as needed.
In the plumbing arena, a number of tactics exist that you can use to improve your home plumbing. There are ideas and options for all homes in the body of knowledge surrounding plumbing, but something that proves a good idea for one home might lead to disaster in another. Hopefully you can use these tips to start doing your own plumbing.