Water may be the source of all life, but it can also be a nemesis to the frustrated homeowner dealing with plumbing problems. Few issues, short of a natural disaster, can cause more damage to a house than a serious plumbing fault. As a homeowner, you can take some preventive steps to make sure you are not affected by serious plumbing issues.
Anchoring your pipes can eliminate the hammering and squeaking noises caused by loose pipes and fitting. Anchor any pipes that are exposed. Get a professional to anchor any hidden pipes if you do not wish to do some work in your floors or walls by yourself.
Keep your plumbing flowing by maintaining a temperature above 32 degrees and wrapping up any exposed pipe works. The pipes may freeze if the surrounding temperature drops below freezing. In the best case scenario, you will have to wait until they thaw so that the water runs again. Frozen pipes can also burst, which can be very messy and expensive to repair.
You should have your septic tank pumped once every five years for best performance. This keeps the sediment from building in the tank, which can cause septic tank failure or backup into your house. 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.
Don’t give a plumber the total bill payment upfront; pay them only when they have finished the job. You may have to pay a portion of the cost before the plumber works on the job, but you should never have to pay in full until after everything has been correctly finished. It will make you feel better knowing that your problem has been solved before parting with a large sum of money.
If your toilet is clogged, the water level in the toilet is low, and a plunger is not doing the trick, you may be able to resolve the problem by pouring a bucket of warm water into the toilet from waist level or higher. You could repeat this process again if the water in the toilet bowl gets low.
You can easily see if there are any serious damages caused by leaks by checking if the floor is soft around toilets. Sit on your toilet and sway across both feet to feel if there are any spots less firm than the others. When you have a problem like this to deal with, the earlier you detect it, the less expensive it will be to take care of.
Sifting drainers are available for any size drain to prevent items larger than a grain of sand going into your pipes. Clean your kitchen strainer often, particularly if you can see debris accumulating. Bathtub strainers need regular cleaning as well.
Do special checks on your sink overflow holes to ensure they are not becoming clogged. Overflow holes exist to act as a double check in case of an overfilling sink. That may seem unimportant – but it will become a problem if they are clogged. As you routinely look for things needing attention, check to be sure that the overflow holes are clear and unblocked.
Knowing how plumbing works, having a good idea of how to fix things, and keeping basic plumbing materials at hand will help avoid major plumbing problems. The savvy homeowner who takes the time to learn even a little about plumbing is better able to make good decisions while avoiding plumbing situations that could become dangerous. It goes without saying that someone who has done research and is prepared before a problem arises will be better capable of fixing things faster.
It’s time to put this information into practice. Learning isn’t a simple process, but it is important. In no time, you will be on the road to success.