After you move into a new house, you’ll likely see some sort of plumbing problem arise. These problems are usually in the kitchen or bathroom. Plumbing issues are something that every homeowner must anticipate. Here are some ways to help when that happens.
Noisy pipes are actually a lot easier to fix than you would imagine. Anchor exposed pipes to get rid of noises. You might have to call a professional to help finish the project if pipes are in floors, ceiling or walls.
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. But, be advised that your pipes may freeze if the surrounding temperature near those pipes is less than freezing. It takes time for thawing to occur so you can have water again. However, they might burst, which will cause an enormous mess and repair bill.
If your pipes freeze, turn on the water from the faucet nearest them to let water out when they start to thaw. This will relive some of the pressure, and could prevent cracks from appearing.
Have a professional flush your septic tank every five years or so to keep it working well. This stop sedimentary particles from accumulating in the tank, and in the worst cases, flooding your home or making the entire system to fail. While it may cost a bit to have your septic tank pumped out, it will cost you much more to clean up any sewage backup or to repair or replace your septic tank.
Knowing which tools to use and how you should use them is an important skill when it comes to plumbing. Study before any do it yourself project by reading any relevant manuals, going online and even making trips to your local public library. Have everything you need by way of tools and information before you attempt a repair on your own.
Don’t use harsh chemicals such as toilet tablets in your toilet. They can clean the bowl and remove odors, but they also damage the soft plastic and rubber parts in and around your toilet.
If your toilet gets clogged, your plunger is not fixing it, and your water level inside of the toilet appears low, you can sometimes fix the problem by dumping warm water into your toilet at waist level (or maybe even a little higher). Repeat this once your water goes back to a lower level.
Make sure there is a strainer covering all drains in order to collect particles that would cause a clog if they went down the drain. You should clean your kitchen sink’s strainer every time there is a large particle that’s trapped in it. The ones in your bathtub should also be cleaned frequently, as needed.
Plumbing problems are bound to happen, so it’s important to be prepared. Every homeowner should arm themselves with a few basic plumbing tools and repair tips. The pointers from this article should help you deal with any plumbing problems you encounter.