TIP! 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.

Many say that doing plumbing yourself is hard. If you know what to do and have the right tools, you can fix anything. The article below is full of different tips and tactics you can try out, if you need to solve some plumbing issues.

TIP! Your septic tank should be pumped out at least once every five years if you want it to stay in optimum working order. Doing so avoids sediment build up, so that you don’t have any kind of septic system backup.

Noisy pipes that make squeaking or hammering sounds are an easy problem to fix. Anchor any easily-accessible loose pipes. If pipes are located in the floors, ceiling or walls, a professional might be needed for the job.

Frozen Pipes

TIP! Odor removers such as bleach toilets are not good for your plumbing system. These products will reduce the smell, but they will also cause problems with the rubber gaskets.

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. Obviously, frozen pipes occur due to freezing environmental conditions. 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.

TIP! If you have a clogged toiled with a lower water lever, and the plunger isn’t working, try pouring in some warm water directly into the toilet. You can repeat this procedure once the water returns to a low level.

If you discover a pipe has frozen, open a tap on the line to allow the thawing ice to drain. This will relieve pressure and might prevent the pipe from bursting, preventing further damage.

TIP! You should put a strainer over your drains to catch anything that could clog your drain up. Whenever large particles become trapped in the strainer, remove them.

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.

Garbage Disposal

TIP! When you replace your shower head, be sure that the replacement head is high quality. Some people think they can get away with the cheapest version at the store.

If you find you are having an issue with the garbage disposal, do not put your bare hands in the disposal. A garbage disposal can be dangerous, even when it is not on. 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.

TIP! Having to repair pipes that freeze could be very costly. This, however, is typically preventable.

Use a strainer over your sink drain to catch food and other bits of material. Otherwise, you will likely get a clogged drain. The strainer in the kitchen sink should be cleaned each time you have large particles trapped in it. Strainers placed in a bathtub can be cleaned periodically.

TIP! To extend the life of your pipes, try to stay away from drain cleaners if you can. Drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can cause your pipes to corrode if you overuse them.

As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and you’ll be on your way to doing your own plumbing.