Water is important to all life forms, but it can be the bane of the frustrated homeowner who has to deal with plumbing problems. There is not a lot besides a natural disaster that can damage a house more than a huge plumbing problem. Luckily, there are many different ways to address plumbing problems before they get bad.
If one of your water pipes freezes, turn on the tap to the faucet nearest the pipe so that the water has somewhere to exit as the pipe thaws. This gives the pressure somewhere to go, and can keep them from bursting.
Pump your septic tank about once every five years, to make sure it is working well. Septic systems can back up when the septic tank builds up sediment. This can even result in the septic system failing altogether. 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.
Avoid using any tablets that are meant to reduce odor in and around your toilet. These products may well remove odors, but they have the side effect of damaging the rubber in your toilet, which can prevent your toilet from functioning correctly.
If your toilet is clogged, the water level in the toilet is low, and a plunger is not doing the trick, you may be able to resolve the problem by pouring a bucket of warm water into the toilet from waist level or higher. Repeat this once your water goes back to a lower level.
Avoid dumping oil, fat, and grease in your drain. These substances will clog the drain as they cool and harden. If the sink has a garbage disposal, it will also make the blades less efficient. Dispose of your oils in a coffee can or other suitable container instead of your sink.
If your house uses well water and there are orange or pink stains in tubs or sinks, it’s because of the iron level in the water. You can combat this by using a water softener. You can either purchase it at a store, or hire a company to come to your house to set it up for you.
Always use cold water when your garbage disposal is running. When cold water hits the garbage disposal, it sharpens the blades. This keeps the disposal working properly. Hot water can clog your drain by allowing liquid grease to build up in it.
An incorrectly installed hose from the kitchen sink to the dishwasher can cause unwanted water to drain into the dishwasher. You must have the hose going uphill and then down to get rid of the water in the dishwater.
Do not expect to clean grout out of a line by yourself. The grout can be broken up however it is not an easy task to do by yourself. This is more successful in plastic plumbing as compared to metal pipes. Yet keep in mind that it is probably going to take professional work to eradicate this problem for you.
Try not to use drain cleaners if you can. Drain cleaners contain very corrosive chemicals that can damage pipes if used too frequently. Sometimes, finding a professional to fix a blocked drain is the best way to solve the problem.
As it is with anything, good preparation and education are keys to avoiding problems, and this holds true with plumbing as well. Any homeowner who is willing to learn more about plumbing will have more favorable outcomes from maintenance and repairs; this may also make the home much safer. Furthermore, taking the initiative to thoroughly research and study the problem in advance of making repairs will save time and money.