It can be difficult to learn about plumbing, but like many other complex topics, it is something that is easy to teach, research, and learn. This article offers some beginner-friendly advice for maintaining the plumbing in and around your own home.
If your water pipe freezes, switch on the nearest faucet tap to that pipe so that water can exit when the pipe thaws. This reduces pressure to keep the pipe from bursting, which could prevent a big mess in your home.
Have your septic tank cleaned every five years to keep it in prime condition. Doing this prevents any sediment from getting built up within the tank, which causes a backup in your home or causes your entire septic system to fail. Although it could cost a good deal of money to pump out your septic tank, it will cost a lot more having to clean sewage backup or having to fix or replace a septic tank.
If you aren’t having any luck using a plunger on a clogged toilet, you may want to try pouring warm water into it from waist high. Do this as often as necessary if the water level dips back down again.
Check carefully around the base of your toilet for any damage caused by leaks. Sit on the toilet and move from side to side, placing one foot on the ground. As you do, see if the floor lacks sturdiness or feels otherwise soft. This will save you a lot of trouble and money if you find the issue before something horrible happens.
By installing water-conserving shower heads in your bathrooms, you can save money on your monthly water bill. Most of the hot water we use is from showering. By installing an energy-efficient shower head that might cost a few dollars, you could save at least $100 a year per person who showers in your house.
This isn’t as horrible as you expected, is it? Just like other aspects of life, there is much to learn about plumbing. Sometimes it takes a small push to get you started. Hopefully, this article has provided the confidence you need to get moving.