Often, the plumbing in a house starts malfunctioning soon after you move in. A lot of the time, problems start in the kitchen or bathroom. Plumbing troubles are an expected part of home ownership. Here are some ways to help when that happens.
You can prevent frozen pipes within the home, by ensuring the temperature does not fall below freezing. Another important step is insulating pipes that are exposed to cold temperatures. It is easy for pipes to freeze whenever the mean temperature near the pipes drop below freezing. The best case scenario is that you can heat the pipes and the water will start flowing again. However, they might burst, which will cause an enormous mess and repair bill.
When it gets very cold, your pipes may freeze. If it does, relieve the pressure in the pipe by turning on the tap so the water can be released as the pipe thaws. If there is too much pressure within the pipe, it may burst, causing other forms of damage in the home.
To keep your septic tank in good working order, it is advisable to have it pumped out every five years. Having your septic pumped will keep sediments from settling to the bottom of the septic tank and causing the tank to malfunction or backup. It is a small price to pay now to keep your septic in good working order and prevent having to pay for a major repair caused by a backup.
You plumbing experiences will go much smoother if you know your tools, and have the knowledge of how to use each one. Make sure to read all of your manuals, and use things such as the library and the internet to read up on do it yourself projects. Don’t just blindly rush into a project. Plan each project so that you don’t make costly mistakes.
Never reach into a garbage disposal that you think isn’t working. Even if it is are switched off, a garbage disposal can be very dangerous. Look for a diagram of the garbage disposal you have on the Internet.
Always use cold water when your garbage disposal is running. Cold water helps to maintain the sharpness of the blades and makes the disposal run more smoothly. Hot water can liquify grease and cause it to collect in the drain, and that can clog the pipes.
Keep your dryer’s lint trap clean. By keeping it clean, you can prevent fires and other problems. Inspect your lint trap often to see if there are any tears or holes. If there are, you can have lint getting into your pipes, and this will clog them and give you more problems that will have to be dealt with.
Calling a plumber for every issue will add up to a huge bill, so it’s important to deal with small plumbing issues yourself as they arise. All homeowners should have at least a basic understanding on plumbing tools and improvement tips. If you’ve got a plumbing issue down the road, the tips you learned should help you a lot.