Where does your knowledge lie with plumbing? Perhaps you could improve your skills. Do you possess the skills needed to perform basic repairs? If answering these questions was difficult or you found your answers unsatisfactory, keep reading for a few tips to give you a broader knowledge base.
You don’t want to end up with frozen pipes, so take preventive action, such as wrapping outside pipes with insulation, and keeping indoor temperatures above freezing at all times. Pipes can freeze when the ambient temperature in the area of the pipes dips below freezing. If you are lucky, you will only experience a minor inconvenience until the pipes thaw. The worst case would be that they burst, creating water damage and a big repair bill.
You should clean your septic tank every five years! This prevents sediment from building up in the tank and causing a backup into your home or causing the failure of the septic system itself. The cost to have your tank pumped might be a little steep, but it sure beats the alternative of dealing with sewage in your home or on your property.
Use a strainer over your sink drain to catch food and other bits of material. Otherwise, you will likely get a clogged drain. Clean out the one in the kitchen whenever there’s something trapped there that shouldn’t be. Those in the bathtub should be cleaned out periodically, as needed.
Never put fat, grease, or oils into your drain. When they cool down, they get hard and that will cause clogs in your sink drains. 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.
Keep your garbage disposal clean to make sure it lasts for awhile. Keep your garbage disposal fresh and running by using dish soap, cherry pits and lemon rinds regularly.
It is very important to to use lots of cold water when running your garbage disposal. Blades will stay sharper with cold water, making disposal quicker. Hot water liquifies grease and causes it to buildup in the drain, causing clogs in the pipes.
Trash should go in the trash basket, not the toilet. Use the toilet for what it is designed for, and it won’t give you a lot of problems. You should never flush cotton balls, sanitary pads, tissues, paper towels, diapers, or certain other materials, because these things don’t dissolve and could clog up your toilet. As well, keep your toilet paper usage to as little as possible.
Are you more informed when it comes to plumbing? Do you have a better idea of the kind of system your home has? Do you think there has been improvement in your plumbing skills? Do you feel confident in your ability to incorporate new elements into your plumbing system? Do you know more about using the tools? The tips provided have given you an understanding of plumbing principles.