Many homeowners experience plumbing issues at one point or another. The kitchen and the bathroom are the most common places that plumbing problems occur. At some time, everyone who owns a home will have some type of problem with the plumbing. Here are some helpful plumbing tips in case you find yourself in that situation, or any other situation where you will need to do some plumbing work.
To avoid frozen pipes in your home, never allow the temperature in your house to drop below freezing and insulate any pipes that are exposed to the elements. Your pipes can freeze if temperatures around them fall below freezing. In the best situation, it can take hours for frozen pipes to thaw and water to run freely again. The worst case scenario is a busted pipe and a costly repair.
To deal with a frozen pipe, turn on the faucet closest to the pipe. This gives the water a place to exit as the pipe defrosts. This relieves the pressure contained in the pipe as it also prevents it from bursting, which would reduce the damage done to your house.
Having your septic tank pumped out on a regular basis will keep it functioning properly. Deposit and debris build up in your tank can result in major problems. While you may find it costly to get your septic tank cleaned out, the cost is much higher to have sewage and backups cleaned up and your septic tank repaired or replaced.
Ensure that if something goes wrong in your garbage disposal that you resist any and all urges you have that might make you want to put your hands inside to fix a problem. A garbage disposal can be dangerous, even when it is not on. Research your disposal online to locate a detailed diagram or troubleshooting guide for your model.
Keep grease, fat and oil out of your kitchen drain. They might be in liquid form, but after they cool off, they will solidify and make a clog in your drain pipe. Your garbage disposal is particularly vulnerable to this issue, as the fat solids will slow the motion of the blades. This results in the disposal operating less efficiently. Be sure to get rid of oil products away from your sink.
To make sure your garbage disposal last a long time, clean it regularly. By regularly “cleaning” the disposal with lemon rinds, cherry pits and dish soap, you can make sure that your garbage disposal is running well and smelling so clean it could be new.
If you have any water in your dishwasher that should not be there, check the connection on your kitchen sink. Your hose must run in a hill pattern to avoid water mixing. Think of the St. Louis Arch — start from your sink, go uphill with the hose, and then down before connecting to the dishwasher. This way, only pressurized water can travel through the hose. Leakage won’t be an issue.
Being prepared for plumbing problems is essential. You should educate yourself with repair advice so that you’re able to handle simple plumbing issues. Avoid a huge plumbing issue by learning to handle the smaller issues as they occur.