Though water is one of the earth’s vital elements, it can cause major trouble for anyone battling plumbing issues in their home. One little mistake can lead to major water damage inside your home, which can end up costing you a small fortune to fix. Fortunately, homeowners can take a lot of steps to prevent plumbing nightmares and to minimize the effects when they occur.
Have your septic tank cleaned every five years to keep it in prime condition. Septic systems can back up when the septic tank builds up sediment. This can even result in the septic system failing altogether. Getting your septic tank drained occasionally may be expensive, but it’s dirt cheap compared to the cost of repairing a damaged septic system or the cleanup cost when raw sewage backs up into your home.
If a plunger is ineffective, you might be able to do the trick with a bucket of warm water. You can repeat this procedure once the water returns to a low level.
You should regularly check for water damage to your bathroom floor caused by your toilet in order to save money and further complications. Feel the floor around the toilet and check to see if the floor is soft, molded, chipping, etc. 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. As with many problems, early detection can save you a lot of money.
To keep your garbage disposal lasting for a long time, make sure you clean it on a daily basis. You can prevent annoying odors and promote smooth operation by setting up a regular cleaning routine with lemon rinds, dish soap, and even cherry pits.
Each month, treat your drains by pouring one cup of baking soda down it, and then follow that with a cup of regular white vinegar. This will cause the vigorous bubbling you may remember from the “volcano” in a grade school science project, so be sure to close the drain with a stopper. Wait a while, and then use boiling water to flush. Doing this will probably void your pipes of hair accumulations and soap scum.
Look at the overflow holes to ensure they aren’t clogged up. Overflow holes drain sink that fill too full and may go unnoticed until they are needed. Take the time to clean out the overflow holes as you go through your house doing your regular checks for various issues.
Enzyme-based products are often superior to other options when your drains are clogged. These cleaners turn the sludge into a liquid using natural bacteria, and then the liquid flows out of the pipes. The best options on the market now are enzyme cleaners.
You need to make sure that your lint trap is clean for your dryer. This could prevent you from a tons of trouble, and it can also prevent fires. Be sure you inspect your lint trap for tears or holes that could mean lint is going into your pipes, which can cause clogs and issues.
Having a basic knowledge and being prepared are the first steps to successful plumbing repairs. Even just learning the basics will go a long way to prevent costly and damaging mistakes. Also, a homeowner who researches solutions before working on plumbing will avoid potential disasters.
Do not worry if it seems like too much information to absorb initially. It may seem like a lot of time to spend, but learning can help this topic become second nature. Put into action what you learn and enjoy yourself in the process.