One plumbing disaster can have catastrophic effects on your home and possessions. Stop plumbing problems before they start by applying the following tips.
If you don’t want plumbing in your home frozen, then don’t let the inside temperature go under the freezing mark, and make sure any pipes that have no protection from the elements are thoroughly insulated. If the ambient temperature around the pipes is below freezing, the pipes can freeze. In the best case scenario, you will have to wait until they thaw so that the water runs again. The other option is the pipes may burst, which would result in significant repair costs and a mess to clean up.
Pump your septic tank about once every five years, to make sure it is working well. This will stop any buildup in your septic tank and prevent any horrible issues. 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.
Your plumbing experience can go a lot smoother when you know your tools, as well as how to handle them properly. Read each and every manual, and utilize the information that can be found in libraries and the Internet about do-it-yourself projects. Make sure you plan before you try any kind of repair, as it can be costly to fix a mistake.
If you have any plumbing work that needs to be done, schedule it all to be done concurrently. You might want to call every time you need a tiny issue fixed with your plumbing, but if you know the system is bad, if you just call once, you can start saving for the major repair before you call. 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.
Here is a good tip for a safe, inexpensive way to keep the drain in your bathtub trouble-free. Take one cup of baking soda and pour it into the drain. Then do the same with a cup of vinegar. Do this procedure once a month. Cover the drain up with a plug or old rag, as there will be a chemical reaction in the pipes. After giving the mixture time to work, flush it out by running boiling water through the drain. Although this is useful for clearing away simple clogs made of hair and soap debris, it will not work for serious blockages.
As much of a bother as plumbing issues can be, there are many methods to use to repair them. You may have to do some research and talk to a professional. The above plumbing advice can help you to avoid major fiascoes.