Welcome to the often confusing and overwhelming business of home plumbing. As you see, there are various types of equipment, techniques, and more. Working on your own plumbing is a great way to help you feel invested in any improvements to your home that you are making. The ideas and insights in the following paragraphs are going to fill your mind with good ideas.
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 plumbing can freeze if the air around it is below 32 degrees. The best result you can hope for from frozen pipes is to be without water 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.
To keep your septic tank in good working order, it is advisable to have it pumped out every five years. Septic systems can back up when the septic tank builds up sediment. This can even result in the septic system failing altogether. In this case, the cost of prevention definitely outweighs having your septic backing up into your house or failing.
You can greatly extend the life of your garbage disposal by regularly cleaning it. 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.
Take preventative measures to keep your plumbing costs low. A common serious repair is removing clogs in the drain. Drains easily get clogged by hair. A great way to help prevent those clogs is to install a screen on top of the drain. Just make sure that it properly fits your drain. It’s far simpler to clean the screen than to remove a hair clog in the pipes.
Frozen pipes are on of the most expensive plumbing problems. However, you can generally avoid this happening in the first place. Pipes in crawlspaces or outside your home should be thoroughly insulated. And when the temperatures start dropping, you will want to drain your hoses and disconnect them, and then turn off all of the outside faucets. You can save a bunch on your plumbing bills this way.
Clean the aerator to if you are dealing with low water pressure issues due to sediment buildup. After removing the aerator, disassemble it, and use a small brush that’s been dipped in vinegar to clean it. Rinse the aerator, reassemble it and reattach it to the faucet. Your water pressure should improve because the obstructing particles or buildup have been removed.
There are a lot of different ways to keep your plumbing running smoothly. Each home’s plumbing system differs somewhat from others, so one thing that works in your home may be totally useless in another home. These tips have hopefully provided a base for you to repair or improve your plumbing system.