How much do you really know about your home’s plumbing? If you do, can you make it better? Overall, where do you suppose your plumbing skill-set falls on the spectrum? If you don’t know the answers to the preceding questions, it’s time to give this article a read.
If you have noisy pipes that sound like hammering or squeaking, this is something that is easy to fix. Any exposed pipes will need to be anchored. If the pipes are in the walls, floors or ceiling, you may want to call a professional to come and help complete the project.
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. Obviously, frozen pipes occur due to freezing environmental conditions. In the very least, you could lose running water inside while waiting for the pipes to unfreeze. On the other hand, they can burst, which gets messy and really expensive.
Ensure that a septic tank is emptied approximately five yearly, and make sure it is properly maintained. Doing this prevents any sediment from getting built up within the tank, which causes a backup in your home or causes your entire septic system to fail. There is a cost to having a company pump out your septic tank. But, a serious backup can cost a lot more if it mean replacing the tank.
You never want to pay for a job until it is complete, and this goes for a plumber as well. You might have to give them a deposit, but do not give them the entire sum of money until you are sure they have done a good job. It is good to know that the plumber did everything as promised before he gets his money.
Feel the floors around the toilets to see if they are soft; this will help you know if you have any damage. Sit reversed on the toilet (facing the tank) with your feet on the floor. Rock your weight onto each foot in turn and see if you can feel any weakness or “give” in the floor. Picking up on any problems now will definitely work to save you money later. It’s the difference in a little maintenance and total floor replacement.
Keep your garbage disposal clean to make sure it lasts for awhile. By having a regular cleaning routine, which includes a combination of lemon rinds, dish soap and even pits from a cherry, your disposal can be kept smelling fresh and running smoothly for many years to come.
Did you learn something new about plumbing? Do you feel you know more about the plumbing system in your home? Do you have more skills? Do you feel confident in your ability to incorporate new elements into your plumbing system? Do you feel the equipment is more comfortable for you to use now? This article should have given you the answers you seek and the power to take your health back under your control!