Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t all that difficult to handle a few plumbing tasks around the home. With the right preparation, self-education, and advice, though, the difficulty of doing your own plumbing can be minimized. There is some handy advice here that will get you on the right track with your plumbing needs.
To avoid frozen pipes in your home, never allow the temperature in your house to drop below freezing and insulate any pipes that are exposed to the elements. Pipes will begin to freeze as soon as they reach freezing temperatures. If you are lucky, you will only experience a minor inconvenience until the pipes thaw. At worst, they will burst and you’ll be paying to repair the damage.
You should have your septic tank pumped once every five years for best performance. This keeps the sediment from building in the tank, which can cause septic tank failure or backup into your house. While you may find it costly to get your septic tank cleaned out, the cost is much higher to have sewage and backups cleaned up and your septic tank repaired or replaced.
Don’t be tempted to use commercial bleach tablets, blue toilet tablets or any other product that claims to prevent toilet odor. While they are good at removing odors, they have a detrimental effect on the parts of the toilet that are rubber. This can make it not function correctly and may even break it.
If your toilet gets clogged, your plunger is not fixing it, and your water level inside of the toilet appears low, you can sometimes fix the problem by dumping warm water into your toilet at waist level (or maybe even a little higher). Once the water level gets low again, repeat the process.
Check the floors in your bathroom for any give in order to be sure that there is no damage in the floors. Do this by straddling the commode and rocking from side to side. You are looking for any feelings of weakness or softening of the floor itself. You can save money if you notice the problem as soon as possible.
Schedule one plumber to take care of all your issues in one single visit. It can be tempting to call a plumber each time you have a minor problem, but saving plumbing work for one time allows you to put money aside for the repairs. It is a lot more cost effective as you will only be paying for one call-out fee instead of multiple trips.
Keep your bathtub drain running well by pouring a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain each month. Seal off the drain with a conventional plug or a piece of fabric while the natural chemical reaction takes place. Flush it with boiling water after a few minutes. Doing this periodically should keep your pipes free of hair and soap scum.
As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and you’ll be on your way to doing your own plumbing.