TIP! Noisy pipes that make squeaking or hammering sounds are an easy problem to fix. Those pipes will need to be anchored if they are exposed.

If you know how to maintain your plumbing, it will be helpful in the future. But, there will be times when the plumbing in your home will need some work and professionals are out of reach. Read on to learn some amazingly useful tips to help you keep your home plumbing in great shape all by yourself!

TIP! If you discover that a water pipe has frozen, find the tap closest to the pipe so when the thaw happens, the water has an exit point. This helps decrease any pressure in order to prevent burst pipes.

If your pipes are making a racket, there is a simple way to quiet them down. Any exposed pipes will need to be anchored. It may be necessary to hire a professional to address noisy pipes that are located in less accessible places in your home.

TIP! Pump out your septic tank at least every five years to keep it in proper working condition. This will prevent sediment from piling up in your tank, which could cause it to overflow into your home and yard, or even cause the entire septic system to fail.

If you discover a pipe has frozen, open a tap on the line to allow the thawing ice to drain. This helps decrease any pressure in order to prevent burst pipes. A burst pipe can create damage that is expensive to repair.

TIP! Get the appropriate tools, and know exactly how to use them before you start working on your plumbing. Read your manuals and books, either online or at the library, to teach yourself do it yourself plumbing.

If you are unable to relieve a clogged toilet with a plunger, try pouring a small bucket of water into the bowl from about waist level if the level of water in the bowl is low. If the water goes down to a lower level again, then you should repeat the procedure.

TIP! 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. Do this as often as necessary if the water level dips back down again.

Try to avoid putting things like fat, oils and grease down the sink drain. These substances will clog the drain as they cool and harden. If the sink has a garbage disposal, it will also make the blades less efficient. Get rid of any fat or oils outside or in the garbage can.

Overflow Holes

TIP! Do special checks on your sink overflow holes to ensure they are not becoming clogged. These holes come into use if the skin overflows.

Check to make sure that overflow holes are not clogged up. These passages allow your sink to fill up without overflowing onto your floor, and if they’re blocked that can cause you a major headache. Clean the overflow holes when you can, like when doing periodic checks for various other repairs and problems.

TIP! Installing more efficient shower heads can save you tons of money on your energy bill. Most of the hot water we use is from showering.

It is important to run your faucet with cold water whenever you run your garbage disposal. Cold water will allow for the food particles to be properly disposed of while keeping the blades sharp. Hot water liquifies grease and causes it to buildup in the drain, causing clogs in the pipes.

Shower Heads

TIP! Taking preventative measures means you will not have to spend as much on plumbing repairs. Drain clogs are a common plumbing issue and sometimes expensive to repair when they are not addressed promptly.

You can save a lot of money in your energy bills by putting in efficient shower heads. Most of our hot water is used in the shower. By installing shower heads that are energy-efficient, you can save over a hundred bucks or more per every shower head in the home.

TIP! Clean the buildup of sediment from your aerator to increase your water pressure if it’s low. A small brush (an old toothbrush is ideal) dipped in vinegar will do a great job on the aerator after it’s been removed and disassembled.

By now, you have learned a number of great ways to maintain your plumbing. Learning to apply these tips on your own can actually save you a lot of money, and help you in an emergency.