Taking the time to learn to do plumbing on your own truly shows when you do it. It shows you care about maintaining a proper home and you want everything to always be in working order. This is something that should be admired. Even if you already know a thing or two about plumbing, you can always improve on your skill-set. The following are some ideas for learning about plumbing or getting better at it.
If your water pipe freezes, switch on the nearest faucet tap to that pipe so that water can exit when the pipe thaws. This gives the pressure somewhere to go, and can keep them from bursting.
To maintain a clean, well-functioning septic tank, it is recommended that you clean it out once every five years. Septic systems can back up when the septic tank builds up sediment. This can even result in the septic system failing altogether. The cost to have your tank pumped might be a little steep, but it sure beats the alternative of dealing with sewage in your home or on your property.
If you aren’t having any luck using a plunger on a clogged toilet, you may want to try pouring warm water into it from waist high. Once the water level is low again, you may repeated this procedure.
Every so often, inspect the floor around your toilet and see if it has gone soft. 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. By noticing a problem early on, you can save yourself a bunch of money if you were to leave it alone.
Place a strainer on top of every drain so that you collect all debris that has the ability to clog the drain. The strainer in the kitchen sink should be cleaned each time you have large particles trapped in it. Clean bathtub drain screens as often as needed.
Don’t pour oils, grease or fat down the drain. When they cool off, they become hard and will clog your pipes. A garbage disposal can even become clogged by hardened grease and it will not run at optimum speed and efficiency. Be sure to get rid of oil products away from your sink.
To make sure your garbage disposal last a long time, clean it regularly. By utilizing a routine on a regular basis, using the combination of lemon rinds, cherry pits, and dish soap, you can maintain a disposal that runs great and smells like new.
It is very important to to use lots of cold water when running your garbage disposal. Blades will stay sharper with cold water, making disposal quicker. Hot water can clog your drain by allowing liquid grease to build up in it.
You have the knowledge, tools, and skills to apply all three to the plumbing system. That must feel great! No matter how much you know about plumbing, you can always get better, and the suggestions you read can help you do just that. You could have discovered a “regular” or new favorite idea for plumbing projects.