When you invest some time and learn how to work on your homes plumbing, it will really show. It shows you care about maintaining a proper home and you want everything to always be in working order. That is a very admirable trait to have. Like any other skill, you can always build and improve. Below are tips that can help.
To prevent frozen pipes, always keep the living spaces in your house above freezing, even if you aren’t home. Any exposed pipes need to be insulated against the outdoor temperatures. Pipes will begin to freeze as soon as they reach freezing temperatures. If pipes do freeze, the best possible scenario would include taking time for the pipes to thaw and any frozen water to drain. But, they could also burst, causing a mess and a large repair bill.
To deal with a frozen pipe, turn on the faucet closest to the pipe. This gives the water a place to exit as the pipe defrosts. This will help relieve pressure in pipes to prevent them from bursting, which may prevent bigger damage for your home.
Your septic tank should be pumped out at least once every five years if you want it to stay in optimum working order. Septic systems can back up when the septic tank builds up sediment. This can even result in the septic system failing altogether. It will cost some to have the septic tank pumped, but it would cost much more to have it cleaned, repaired or replaced due to sewage back up.
Never reach into a garbage disposal that you think isn’t working. Garbage disposals can be dangerous, even when they are turned off. Locate a diagram of the garbage disposal, or some sort of troubleshooter, online.
Keep your bathtub in good shape by using a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down its drain monthly. Cover the drain with an old rag, because there will be a chemical reaction taking place inside the pipes. Let it sit a few minutes, then wash it all away with boiling water. Doing this periodically should keep your pipes free of hair and soap scum.
Ensure overflow holes have not been clogged. The overflow holes help prevent a sink from spilling. When blocked, they don’t work properly and the water can spill out onto the floor. The overflow holes should be cleaned out regularly; do this when you are making your regular checks for other issues that necessitate fixing.
Many shower heads are available that can help you to save money on your water bill. Most hot water is consumed in our showers. If you use energy efficient heads for your showers, you can save hundreds each year on your bills.
You have the tools, the knowledge, and the skill set to apply them all to your plumbing system. That’s awesome! The tips above were made to improve your plumbing skills, so you can continuously learn and develop into a more skilled plumber. You may even find a plumbing job or idea you like.