Now is a great time to finally learn more about plumbing. You have considered it before, but never got around to it.
To keep your pipes from freezing in the winter, insulate all exterior pipes and be sure to keep your interior house temperature above freezing, and be certain to adequately insulate those pipes that are out in the weather. Your pipes can freeze if the air around them fall below freezing. It could take time to thaw out so that you can have running water. However, frozen pipes often burst, and that could make a mess and result in a big repair bill.
Pump your septic tank at least every five years to keep it in proper working condition. Although it is somewhat of an expense to pump out a septic tank, it will cost a lot more having to clean sewage backup or having to fix or replace a septic tank.
Do not pay your plumber until the problem is fixed. You may need to pay some money in the beginning, but you never want to pay the entire amount until you are certain the job was completed to your satisfaction. You want to make sure that the plumber did his job before he is reimbursed for the entire amount.
If your toilet gets clogged, there is a low level of water in toilet, and the plunger is not working, but be sure to pour it from a height that is waist level or above so you do not flood the bathroom. Do this as often as necessary if the water level gets too low.
If your home runs on well water and you notice any orange or pink stains in your fixtures or tub, this is most likely caused by an excess of iron in your water. This is fixed by using water softener, which you can buy at a store, or have a company come out to your house and take care of it for you.
By having a regular cleaning routine, lemon rinds, dish soap and even pits from a cherry, you can keep your disposal running smoothly and smelling as fresh as the day it was installed.
Pour baking soda followed by vinegar down your bathtub drain once a month. Plug up the drain and allow the chemical reaction takes place. After letting it sit for a few moments,just flush the drain out with water that has reached a boiling point. This procedure should be able to clear pipes of accumulated hair and soap scum.
Run lots of cold water whenever you use your sink when you turn on the garbage disposal. Cold water helps to maintain the sharpness of the blades sharp and encourage a smoother disposal.
Learning a bit about plumbing can be an invaluable tool to have in your possession. If you are unsure if you will be able to fix a specific plumbing problem, avoid permanent damage and call a plumber. By now, you’ve learned valuable concepts that will help you going forward.