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