Taking the time to learn to do plumbing on your own truly shows when you do it. It proves that you would like to make sure things are working by yourself. That is a commendable goal. Like with any other skill set, you can always add and improve. The following are some ideas for learning about plumbing or getting better at it.
Avoiding frozen pies is easy if you ensure no area of your house ever falls below freezing and that any pipes which are exposed to such temperatures are protected with insulation. The pipes may freeze if the surrounding temperature drops below freezing. The best result you can hope for from frozen pipes is to be without water until the pipes thaw. They could also burst costing you a lot of money and repairs.
If you have a water pipe that freezes, have the tap closest to it turned on so the water can exit while the pipe thaws. This gives the pressure somewhere to go, and can keep them from bursting.
It is a advisable to have a septic tank pumped every five years to keep it in peak condition. Doing so avoids sediment build up, so that you don’t have any kind of septic system backup. 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.
Frequently inspect the floors around toilets for softness; this can tell you whether or not the floors are damaged. Sit on the toilet and move from side to side, placing one foot on the ground. As you do, see if the floor lacks sturdiness or feels otherwise soft. This will save you a lot of trouble and money if you find the issue before something horrible happens.
Try to avoid putting things like fat, oils and grease down the sink drain. These materials may be liquid when you pour them in, but they will solidify and cause problems. A garbage disposal can even become clogged by hardened grease and it will not run at optimum speed and efficiency. You should dispose of all oils outside of the sink.
You can pour baking soda down a drain followed by some vinegar if you want to keep drains clear. This should be done once a month, and a cup each of baking soda and vinegar should be used. This will cause a chemical reaction to occur and you should plug the drain. Wait until the chemical reaction runs its course, then flush the pipes by pouring in a kettle full of boiling water. This procedure should be able to clear pipes of hair and soap scum.
Now you have the necessary tools, the knowledge and skill set needed to apply to your own plumbing system. That is outstanding! You never need to stop learning, and the tips in this article were devised to help you with plumbing. Ways that work best for you will allow you to easily do jobs you previously had little clue how to fix.