Water is the source of life, but it is sometimes a nemesis to a homeowner with plumbing problems. Next to a natural disaster, the one thing that can ruin your home is a major plumbing issue. However, there are many ways homeowners can protect themselves from these issues and create plans for minimizing these issues when they do arise.
To keep your septic tank in good working order, it is advisable to have it pumped out every five years. This stop sedimentary particles from accumulating in the tank, and in the worst cases, flooding your home or making the entire system to fail. Although it is somewhat of an expense to pump out a septic tank, it is nothing compared to what you will have to spend on cleaning up a backup of sewage or repairing or replacing your septic system.
If you have a clogged toiled with a lower water lever, and the plunger isn’t working, try pouring in some warm water directly into the toilet. The water needs to be at a low level again in order to repeat the process.
If your garbage disposal stops working, never try to fix it by reaching down with your hands. Garbage disposals can be dangerous, even if they are powered off. Use the Internet to find a diagram of your device, or a troubleshooter.
Check floors around toilets for softness, so you can tell if you have any floor damage. Straddle the toilet, so you can rock from one leg to another to determine whether there’s weakness in the floor. It’s important to catch and address floor damage problems as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more expensive the repair will be.
Try to avoid putting things like fat, oils and grease down the sink drain. When they cool, they’ll harden and clog your drain. This is especially the case if you possess a garbage disposal; fats and oils cause blades to run less efficiently and slow. Be sure to get rid of oil products away from your sink.
If your home uses well water and orange or pink stains become noticeable in your bathtub or in other fixtures, this occurs when the water has too much iron. A water softener can filter out unnecessary minerals, and leave you with clean, usable water.
Schedule all the plumbing work at one time. If a problem is minor, it can be wise to put off repair until you have more than one item to fix. This also gives you time to save up for the needed repairs. It can also save money since most plumbers will charge you by the hour. Coming out just once will cut down on the time it takes, making your bill smaller.
Education and prevention are often the keys when it comes to avoiding plumbing-related problems. By learning more about plumbing, a homeowner can make the right decisions and reduce the chance of plumbing problems. If a problem does arise, research and preparation ahead of time will make the problem easier to fix.