One plumbing disaster can have catastrophic effects on your home and possessions. Stop plumbing problems before they start by applying the following tips.

Septic Tank

TIP! You can check for damage to the floors around the toilets by checking for soft areas. Sit reversed on the toilet (facing the tank) with your feet on the floor.

To maintain a clean, well-functioning septic tank, it is recommended that you clean it out once every five years. 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. If the cost of pumping your septic tank seems a bit steep, remember that the cost of cleanup and repair of a failed septic system will be much higher.

TIP! If you have a well at your home and notice pink or orange stains around the drains of your tub or sink, this is most likely caused by an excess of iron in your water. Using a water softener can help fix this problem.

If you have a clogged toilet and a plunger is not helping to clear the blockage, if the water level is low, pouring a bucking of boiling water from a height into the toilet bowl could resolve the problem. Do this as often as necessary if the water level dips back down again.

TIP! Keep the garbage disposal clean to make sure it will last as many years as your house does. By incorporating a regular cleaning routine, your garbage disposal can stay running smoothly.

Check floors around toilets for softness, so you can tell if you have any floor damage. Straddle the toilet, so you can rock from one leg to another to determine whether there’s weakness in the floor. You can wind up saving your money simply by noticing the problem early on.

TIP! However, if you mix a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda and send them down your tub’s drain each month, the flow will keep going smoothly. Cover with a rag or plug, as a chemical reaction will occur in the pipes.

Don’t put things like fat, oil or grease down your drains. When they cool, they will harden and create clogs in your drains. Grease is of particular concern when there is a disposal unit installed in your drain. It can cause the unit to lose efficiency. Dump your oil outside or in a container that you throw out with the regular trash.

TIP! It is very important to to use lots of cold water when running your garbage disposal. Cold water helps to maintain the sharpness of the blades and makes the disposal run more smoothly.

You can keep your bathtub pipes clear by pouring baking soda and vinegar down your drain once a month. Use one cup of each. Use a plug or rag to cover the drain, because there will be a chemical reaction in the pipes. Wait for a little while and then allow boiling water to go down the drain. This method clears out soap scum buildup and accumulated hair that gets caught in the pipes.

Garbage Disposal

TIP! For clogged pipes, unblock them with a cleaner that is enzyme based. A enzyme-based cleaner will remove the clog by turning it into a liquid, freeing it from the drain.

If you run your garbage disposal after working in the kitchen, use a large quantity of cold water. Cold water helps to maintain the sharpness of the blades and makes the disposal run more smoothly. Don’t use hot water while running the garbage disposal. Hot water converts the grease in your trash to liquid form. When the liquified grease goes down the drain, it clogs the pipes.

TIP! Some people say that when you use the garbage disposal you don’t have to run the water. Most plumbers advise that you run water when using your garbage disposal, although many disagree.

Problems with plumbing may seem to hard to handle, but if you work at them and stay dedicated you will be able to fix them. It takes research and asking a plumber to fix it correctly more often than not. Put the tips you have learned to use and solve your plumbing problems with ease.