Once in a while, everyone has a question about plumbing. We want to know how we can fix things ourselves and to learn basic maintenance tips. This article will help you do this, so you will be ready to fix any plumbing problem that crops up.
If you have noisy pipes that sound like hammering or squeaking, this is something that is easy to fix. Anchor any easily-accessible loose pipes. You might have to call a professional to help finish the project if pipes are in floors, ceiling or walls.
You should have your septic tank pumped once every five years for best performance. Having your septic pumped will keep sediments from settling to the bottom of the septic tank and causing the tank to malfunction or backup. It is a small price to pay now to keep your septic in good working order and prevent having to pay for a major repair caused by a backup.
Avoid bleach tablets, blue toilet deodorizers or the other odor removers inside your toilet. The rubber parts of your system can be damaged by the chemicals contained in these tablets and stop functioning.
Never put your hands in your garbage disposal to fix a problem. Even an un-powered garbage disposal presents significant danger. Look for a diagram of the garbage disposal you have on the Internet.
The areas of floor around your toilets are particularly susceptible to water damage; here’s how you can check them. Sit reversed on the toilet (facing the tank) with your feet on the floor. Rock your weight onto each foot in turn and see if you can feel any weakness or “give” in the floor. You can save money by noticing and treating this problem as early as possible.
It is important to always run cold water while using your garbage disposal. The helps sharpen the blades and clears out the drain mechanism. Hot water can clog your drain by allowing liquid grease to build up in it.
It’s key that you are educated before a problem happens. Routine maintenance on your home plumbing can prevent future problems from arising. Follow the advice offered in this article, and be ready to take care of all of your future plumbing needs.