When you buy a new home, it’s likely that some sort of plumbing problem will exist. The majority of the time, these problems will be in the kitchen or bathroom. Really, at some point every homeowner will deal with some kind of plumbing problem. Following is some advice to guide you when that occurs.
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. It is easy for pipes to freeze whenever the mean temperature near the pipes drop below freezing. If you are lucky, you will only experience a minor inconvenience until the pipes thaw. The other option is the pipes may burst, which would result in significant repair costs and a mess to clean up.
Pump out your septic tank at least every five years to keep it in proper working condition. This will stop any buildup in your septic tank and prevent any horrible issues. Although having a septic tank pumped costs money, cleaning up sewage backup in your home will ultimately cost much more.
Do not use harsh chemicals to clean or treat your toilet. These tablets have chemicals that can damage rubber parts that are essential to the proper functioning of your toilet.
Iron will cause orange or pink stains in and on your fixtures if you have a well. You will need a water softener in order to take care of this problem, which you could purchase at a local store, or hire someone to go to your home and fix it for you.
If there is unwanted water draining into the dishwasher, it is most likely because of the hose to the kitchen sink being installed improperly. The hose at the kitchen sink going to the dishwasher should follow a specific uphill, then downhill pattern. This prevents unwanted mixing of water between the sink and dishwasher.
If you have clogged pipes, try cleaning them with an enzyme pipe cleaner. These will utilize natural bacteria to transform sludge into a liquid that can be removed. Enzyme based cleaners are not corrosive so they won’t erode your metal pipes.
Calling a plumber for every issue will add up to a huge bill, so it’s important to deal with small plumbing issues yourself as they arise. All homeowners should know the basics of plumbing. The tips you have found above should go a long way towards preparing you to deal with a plumbing problem when it occurs.