When it comes time for you to start maintaining and fixing your own plumbing, you may wonder where to begin, as there are so many things to consider when purchasing tools, equipment and following regulations and instructions. The tips in this article can provide you with what you need to know to become a better plumber.
If you have noisy pipes that sound like hammering or squeaking, this is something that is easy to fix. You will need to anchor any exposed pipes. If the pipes are in the walls, floors or ceiling, you may want to call a professional to come and help complete the project.
To keep your septic tank in good working order, it is advisable to have it pumped out every five years. This prevents sediment from building up in the tank and causing a backup into your home or causing the failure of the septic system itself. While it may cost a bit to have your septic tank pumped out, it will cost you much more to clean up any sewage backup or to repair or replace your septic tank.
Never pay a plumber until the job is complete. It may be required to put some money down before a job is started, but never pay the total cost until you know the job has been completed correctly. It is good to know that the plumber did everything as promised before he gets his money.
Knowing your tools and how to use them can help greatly in your plumbing experience. Make sure to read all of your manuals and use things such as the library and the internet to read up on do it yourself projects. Make sure you plan before you try any kind of repair, as it can be costly to fix a mistake.
Position a strainer over all drains to collect any particles that would otherwise go down the drain and possibly cause a stoppage. The strainer in the kitchen sink should be cleaned each time you have large particle trapped in it. Those in the bathtub should be cleaned out periodically, as needed.
Avoid putting grease, fat, and other oils down your drain. When they cool, they will harden and create clogs in your drains. This is especially true if you have a garbage disposal, as the fat will cause the blades to run slower and less efficiently. Make sure you dispose of oils away from the sink.
Check to make sure that overflow holes are not clogged up. Overflow holes are used in case the sink starts to overfill, which may not seem like a big problem–until it is. Clear the overflow holes periodically when you are doing your periodic checks for other problems and things that need to be repaired.
As you have seen, plumbing, while appearing intimidating, is not all that complicated. It just has a lot of basics to cover. All it takes to decide where to begin is some research, work, and common sense to find the best and most effective method for your specific job.