After you move into a new house, you’ll likely see some sort of plumbing problem arise. It’s most common to have plumbing problems in your bathroom or kitchen. Plumbing issues can be extremely expensive, especially if they are not handled immediately. Continue on for some helpful tips so you can take care of these problems if they happen.
Pump your septic tank about once every five years, to make sure it is working well. This will keep sediment from building and causing backup into the house, and possibly causing the septic system to fail. 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 be tempted to use commercial bleach tablets, blue toilet tablets or any other product that claims to prevent toilet odor. It may help to get rid of your toilet’s odors, but it will damage any rubber parts, causing your toilet to malfunction, or even break down.
If your toilet happens to be clogged, and the plunger is not working, you can pour a bucket of hot water down the toilet, but be sure to pour it from a height that is waist level or above so you do not flood the bathroom. Once the water level is low again, you may repeated this procedure.
Never put fat, grease, or oils into your drain. When they cool, they’ll harden and clog your drain. Especially if you operate a garbage disposal, the fat causes blades to be less efficient. Pour the grease and oil into a can to cool, put it in the trash.
You can greatly extend the life of your garbage disposal by regularly cleaning it. Prevent unsavory disposal odors through regular use of citrus peel, cherry pits and dish detergent.
Keep your bathtub drain running well by pouring a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain each 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. This simple solution can break up clogs caused by everything from hair to soap scum.
When you have a problem with the plumbing, the worst thing to do is not be prepared. Every homeowner should arm themselves with a few basic plumbing tools and repair tips. If you wind up with a future plumbing problem, the advice you have learned from this article will get you through it.