You can easily do needed research to learn about plumbing and how to do it yourself, or find someone with the right knowledge to teach you. It is only difficult if you make it that way, so do not allow yourself to get overwhelmed. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced plumber, these tips should help you become a little more prepared.
Water hammer problems, pipe noise due to water hitting the back of the pipe, can be easily repaired. Anchoring exposed pipes will decrease the amount of noise your plumbing system makes. It may be necessary to hire a professional to address noisy pipes that are located in less accessible places in your home.
If one of your water pipes freezes, turn on the tap to the faucet nearest the pipe so that the water has somewhere to exit as the pipe thaws. This gives the pressure somewhere to go, and can keep them from bursting.
Have your septic tank cleaned every five years to keep it in prime condition. Doing so avoids sediment build up, so that you don’t have any kind of septic system backup. Hiring a professional to pump out your septic tank is costly, but it is far preferable to the damages that could be incurred if the tank becomes backed-up or inoperative.
Don’t be tempted to use commercial bleach tablets, blue toilet tablets or any other product that claims to prevent toilet odor. These products will reduce the smell, but they will also cause problems with the rubber gaskets. Over time, the damage will accumulate and could eventually stop the toilet from functioning at all.
If you have a clogged toilet with the water level very low, and plunging it isn’t working, it’s possible to resolve this by pouring warm water from a bucket directly into the toilet bowl from about waist level. The water needs to be at a low level again in order to repeat the process.
Ensure that if something goes wrong in your garbage disposal that you resist any and all urges you have that might make you want to put your hands inside to fix a problem. Garbage disposals are dangerous, even when turned off. Use a guide or the Internet to locate a blueprint of your disposal, or a troubleshooting manual.
Don’t put fat, grease and other oils into the drain. Oils will eventually harden and clog up your drain. Grease is of particular concern when there is a disposal unit installed in your drain. It can cause the unit to lose efficiency. The best thing to do is to dispose of oil-based liquids away from your sinks.
Not as bad as you thought, correct? Like any other subject, the world of plumbing is vast and has a wealth of information available on it. Sometimes, you just need to have a clue about where to start so you feel comfortable jumping in. Now you can start putting these tips to use on all your household plumbing needs.