You may often wonder where to start and what to do at the beginning of a big plumbing project. The important thing to do is slow down and separate the project into several goals. This article will provide you with some tips you can apply as you take on your next plumbing challenge.
Plumbing that constantly squeaks, pounds, and emits other noises is irritating but, fortunately, the problem is often easily fixed. Anchoring exposed pipes will decrease the amount of noise your plumbing system makes. If pipes are located in the floors, ceiling or walls, a professional might be needed for the job.
Pump your septic tank about once every five years, to make sure it is working well. Deposit and debris build up in your tank can result in major problems. In this case, the cost of prevention definitely outweighs having your septic backing up into your house or failing.
If you have a clogged toilet with a low water level and a plunger isn’t doing the job, it’s time to try adding a bucket of lukewarm water to the toilet from a around three feet or higher. Do this every time the water level gets too low.
If your garbage disposal stops working, never try to fix it by reaching down with your hands. Garbage disposals always pose a possible threat, even when powered off or non-working all together. Locate your garbage disposal manual, or do an Internet search for troubleshooting advice and a diagram that illustrates your model.
Don’t put fat, grease and other oils into the drain. When these oils cool, they become hard and create clogs. This is most true if you use a garbage disposal, as the fat causes the blades to function slower and they will become less efficient. Don’t put oils down the sink.
Set up a time when all plumbing work will be completed at one time. It might be tempting to call up a plumber every time you have a small problem, but if you will save all the plumbing issues for one time, it can be helpful. It will allow you save the money for the repairs. It also costs less because most plumbers will charge you per hour and include a minimum rate for coming out. If you call them out multiple times, those charges for them coming out will add up quickly.
The tips above should have helped you understand plumbing better and make it less intimidating. There are many basics that you should know first. Deciding where to start is easy once you complete your research and use a bit of common sense to figure out what the most effective method to complete your project is.