Working on your own plumbing can be a little confusing. There are many things you have to consider, from tools to regulations and everything in between. These tips can help you become a much better plumber.
Plumbing that constantly squeaks, pounds, and emits other noises is irritating but, fortunately, the problem is often easily fixed. Exposed pipes need to be anchored. You are going to need a professional if the pipes will be located in the ceiling, walls, or the floors.
Avoid septic tank problems by having your tank pumped out in five year intervals. Regular maintenance will keep sediment from backing up inside of the tank. Sediment can not only cause the sewage in the tank to back up into your house, but it can cause the tank to fail completely. Getting your septic tank drained occasionally may be expensive, but it’s dirt cheap compared to the cost of repairing a damaged septic system or the cleanup cost when raw sewage backs up into your home.
Use a drain strainer to prevent small particles from sliding down your drain and causing clogs. Clean debris from these strainers after each use. Clean bathtub drain screens as often as needed.
If your home operates on well water and you notice pink or orange stains in your bathtub and other fixtures, this is no doubt due to iron in the water. A water softener can cure this problem and can be installed by you, or you may opt to have a professional to come and install it for you.
You can greatly extend the life of your garbage disposal by regularly cleaning it. Using lemon rinds and cherry pits mixed with dish soap will help keep your garbage disposal operating efficiently and smelling fresh.
Set up a time when all plumbing work will be completed at one time. You may want to have each minor problem attended to as the occur, but having multiple repairs done at once allows you to save up for the cost. It also costs less because most plumbers will charge you per hour and include a minimum rate for coming out. If you call them out multiple times, those charges for them coming out will add up quickly.
If you are using a slower head, see to it that you replace it with one that has good quality. It’s common to think it’s fine to buy the one that is the cheapest. Cheap shower heads have a tendency to break easily, so make sure you get what you pay for.
If you have clogged pipes and thinking about using a pipe cleaner, one that is enzyme based is highly recommended. This type of cleaner uses natural bacteria to transform sludge into liquid, that makes it disappear from the pipes. The cleaners which use enzymes are currently rated the best available.
As you’ve seen, plumbing is not that complicated. You need to learn the basics, however. All you need to begin is a bit of knowledge, work, and some common sense to seek the most helpful and effectual ways to complete the job.…