There is no time like the present to gain a better understanding of plumbing. The thought has crossed your mind before, but you did not make the time to do it. The advice in the following article will help you to better understand plumbing, and give you the ability to solve some plumbing issues on your own.
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 can prevent damage to your house because it lets the pressure that is in the pipe out, and keeps it from bursting.
Pump your septic tank about once every five years, to make sure it is working well. Regular maintenance will keep sediment from backing up inside of the tank. Sediment can not only cause the sewage in the tank to back up into your house, but it can cause the tank to fail completely. White it is somewhat expensive to pump the septic tank, it will be much more expensive should you need to clean backup, repair your septic tank or replace it altogether.
Never pay a plumber until the job is complete. You may have to put money down before they start working, but avoid paying the total amount until it’s done. If you pay everything up front, you have no recourse if the plumber doesn’t finish the job or doesn’t do it correctly.
A strainer positioned over a drain can prevent stoppage by collecting food particles as they try to enter the drain. You should clean your kitchen sink’s strainer every time there is a large particle that’s trapped in it. Bathtub drains should be cleaned regularly as well.
Use baking soda and one cup of vinegar per month to keep the bathtub drain clear and running well. Put a rag over the drain afterward, though, to keep the chemicals from coming back up after the reaction. Wait for a little while, and then pour boiling water down the drain. By following this tip, you should be able to clear all the soap scum, hair, and other grime out of your pipes.
Installing efficient shower heads could save you a lot of money when it comes to your energy bill. You use the majority of your hot water in the shower. If you use energy efficient heads for your showers, you can save hundreds each year on your bills.
To minimize potential problems with your toilet, avoid using it as a trash receptacle. Never flush paper towels, tissue, diapers, or tampons. These things do not break up correctly and can clog your pipes. Additionally, use the minimum amount of toilet paper required to clean up after you are done.
Learning a bit about plumbing can be an invaluable tool to have in your possession. If anything ever goes wrong with your pipes or drains, you will have the knowledge to fix it in a hurry without having to spend big money by calling in the professionals. By now, you’ve learned valuable concepts that will help you going forward.