Everyone who owns a home knows how common plumbing problems can be. These problems typically occur in bathrooms and kitchens. At some time, everyone who owns a home will have some type of problem with the plumbing. Here are some ways to help when that happens.
To prevent pipes from freezing, don’t let temperatures drop under freezing in your home, and insulate external pipes. If the temperature surrounding these pipes is below the freezing point, your pipes could freeze. The best case scenario is that you can heat the pipes and the water will start flowing again. However, frozen pipes often burst, causing damage to your home and a hefty repair bill.
Have your septic tank cleaned every five years to keep it in prime condition. This will prevent sediment from piling up in your tank, which could cause it to overflow into your home and yard, or even cause the entire septic system to fail. Although it could cost a good deal of money to pump out your septic tank, it will cost a lot more having to clean sewage backup or having to fix or replace a septic tank.
If you discover a problem with the garbage disposal, don’t ever reach into it with your hands to attempt to fix it. Garbage disposals pose a serious risk, even when flipped off. Research on the Internet for diagrams, troubleshooters or FAQ’s about your disposal.
Check carefully around the base of your toilet for any damage caused by leaks. An easy way to test for floor softness is by straddling the toilet and shifting your weight. If the floor feels soft when you do this, you have floor damage. You can save money if you notice the problem as soon as possible.
Place a strainer over the drains to collect anything that could clog and cause stoppage. Every time you have large particles in the strainer of the kitchen sink, it should be cleaned thoroughly. The ones in your bathtub should also be cleaned frequently, as needed.
If your home has well water and you start seeing orange or pink stains, that is from iron in your water supply. To get rid of this problem, you can either use a commercial product to soften the water, or have a contractor come to your home and do the work for you.
Check your fixtures to ensure the overflow holes are clear of debris and mineral build-up. Overflows holes can be used in the event the sink overfills, which is a big problem if they are clogged. Periodically clear out the overflow holes when doing your other checks for things that may need repaired.
It is very important to to use lots of cold water when running your garbage disposal. Cold water keeps blades sharp and encourage a smoother disposal. Hot water is not recommended because of what it does to greasy products.
The worst thing to do is being unprepared when plumbing problems arise. As a homeowner you will need to have some basic plumbing tools, as well as the knowledge to be able to use them. If you ever experience plumbing problems, the above advice can help you to solve them calmly and with confidence.