TIP! 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.

If you invest some time in teaching yourself how to maintain and repair your plumbing system, your efforts are going to be apparent. You can take pride in being able to tackle problems as they arise, and you can stop trouble with proper maintenance. People see this and admire it a lot. And like most things in life, there’s always more to learn and ways to improve. Below are tips that can help.

TIP! You should have your septic tank pumped once every five years for best performance. Having it cleaned out prevents the sediment from accumulating in the septic tank and creating a sewage backup in your house or triggering the meltdown of the entire septic system.

A strainer should be placed over all the drains in order to gather particles that would just get in the drain and potentially cause stoppage. Your kitchen sink strainer must be cleaned whenever it catches anything. The bathtub’s strainers need to cleaned out on a regular basis.

TIP! Do not give a plumber the entire payment for a job until the whole job is completed. There might be a down payment required, but you do not give him the total cost before he is finished.

Keep your bathtub in good shape by using a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down its drain monthly. Cover the drain with an old rag, because there will be a chemical reaction taking place inside the pipes. Wait for a little while and then allow boiling water to go down the drain. This procedure will clear the hair and soap scum out of your pipes.

TIP! Knowing what tools are what and the proper way to use them will make you much better at plumbing. Read your manuals and books, either online or at the library, to teach yourself do it yourself plumbing.

Use cold water when using your garbage disposal. The cold water helps the blades that are inside stay sharp, and will keep your disposal running smoothly. Hot water can clog your drain by allowing liquid grease to build up in it.

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TIP! If you live in a home using well water and your bathtubs have stains pink and orange in color, this is likely a result of iron levels in the well water. To get rid of this problem, you can either use a commercial product to soften the water, or have a contractor come to your home and do the work for you.

Install low flush toilets and energy efficient shower heads and faucets to reduce your utility bills. Most of the hot water we use is used while we are 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.

TIP! Pour equal parts baking soda followed by vinegar down your bathtub drain once a month. Put a rag over the drain afterward, though, to keep the chemicals from coming back up after the reaction.

Do not use your toilet to get rid of garbage. Never flush paper towels, tissue, diapers, or tampons. These things do not break up correctly and can clog your pipes. Even keep toilet paper use to the minimum necessary.

TIP! Install low flush toilets and energy efficient shower heads and faucets to reduce your utility bills. Your shower consumes a majority of the hot water usage in your home.

Enzyme based pipe cleaners work really well at unclogging your pipes. These cleaners use natural bacteria to turn the sludge into a liquid, and remove it from your pipes. The best cleaner available on the market are the enzyme ones.

TIP! Having water leaking into the dishwasher, however annoying, is luckily an easy fix. The hose that runs from the kitchen sink to the dishwasher is not installed properly, and can be corrected quickly.

You have the knowledge, tools, and skills to apply all three to the plumbing system. Wonderful! No matter how much you know about plumbing, you can always get better, and the suggestions you read can help you do just that. Who knows? Maybe one of these tips will become your new favorite plumbing technique.