TIP! Noisy pipes are actually a lot easier to fix than you would imagine. Exposed pipes will have to be anchored.

Water is the source of life, but it is sometimes a nemesis to a homeowner with plumbing problems. Nothing except for a natural disaster will cause more harm to a home than a serious plumbing problem. Luckily, there are many different ways to address plumbing problems before they get bad.

TIP! To prevent pipes from freezing, don’t let temperatures drop under freezing in your home, and insulate external pipes. If ambient temperature surrounding pipes goes below freezing, pipes can freeze as well.

Noisy pipes that make squeaking or hammering sounds are an easy problem to fix. You will need to anchor any exposed pipes. You might have to call a professional to help finish the project if pipes are in floors, ceiling or walls.

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. By doing this, the pipe pressure is relieved, and this should stop it from bursting, which would prevent further home damage.

Have your septic tank cleaned every five years to keep it in prime condition. Regular maintenance will keep sediment from backing up inside of the tank. Sediment can not only cause the sewage in the tank to back up into your house, but it can cause the tank to fail completely. Although it is somewhat of an expense to pump out a septic tank, it is nothing compared to what you will have to spend on cleaning up a backup of sewage or repairing or replacing your septic system.

Garbage Disposal

TIP! Don’t use any colored tablets that claim to be cleaners in your toilet. These products can be great when it comes to getting rid of odors, but unfortunately, they can cause significant damage to the rubber portions of your toilet.

If your garbage disposal is having problems, don’t give in to the desire to attempt a fix by reaching down into the disposal. Your garbage disposal is a dangerous device, even when turned off. Look for a diagram of the garbage disposal you have on the Internet.

TIP! Position a strainer over all drains to collect any particles that would otherwise go down the drain and possibly cause a stoppage. Clean out the one in the kitchen whenever there’s something trapped there that shouldn’t be.

Place a strainer over the drains to collect anything that could clog and cause stoppage. Clean debris from these strainers after each use. Keep the bathroom drains cleaned out too.

TIP! Keep the drains in your bathtub working properly by pouring a cup’s worth of baking soda and than a cup’s worth of vinegar directly down your drain every month. Cover it with a plug or rag, since a chemical reaction should happen in the pipes.

Use lots of cold water when you run your garbage disposal. The cold water keeps your blades sharp, which helps your disposal run smooth. If you use hot water, any grease that is in the disposal will turn to liquid, and sit inside of the drain, which can clog your pipes.

TIP! You can save a lot of money in your energy bills by putting in efficient shower heads. Most of the hot water used in the home is used while showering.

By installing shower heads that are more efficient, you will be able to save a lot of money. Most of the hot water we use is in the shower. Installing the energy-efficient heads, you will be able to save in excess of $100 per year.

TIP! If the hose that leads to your kitchen sink has not been maintained or installed properly, you may notice that water is constantly draining to the dishwasher. This hose must lead uphill and downhill to prevent mixing water between the kitchen sink and the dishwasher.

Don’t use your toilet like a trash can, and you minimize potential problems. Don’t flush anything that is unlikely to dissolve and wind up clogging pipes, such as diapers, tissues, paper towels and cotton balls. As well, use just enough toilet paper to clean yourself!

TIP! If you have grout stuck in the line, it’s futile to try and clean it out yourself. You can try dislodging some of the blockage which will open up the line.

Preparation and plumbing education are what is needed to avoid plumbing mishaps. The homeowners who educate themselves about plumbing are more prone to make better decisions regarding plumbing issues. By the same token, the homeowner who researches and prepares for tackling a plumbing problem beforehand will be able to fix the problem quicker and easier.