Water may be the source of all life, but it can also be a nemesis to the frustrated homeowner dealing with plumbing problems. Beside natural disasters, not many other things can cause more destruction to a home than a serious problem with plumbing. The good news is there are steps that every homeowner can take to stop plumbing nightmares from coming to life, and for fixing them before they get out of control.
Water hammer problems, pipe noise due to water hitting the back of the pipe, can be easily repaired. What you will have to do is anchor any pipes that are exposed. Call a plumber to help with pipes that require you to cut a hole in a wall, ceiling or floor.
Pump your septic tank every five years to keep it working well. This will keep sediment from hanging out in your tank and eventually causing there to be a backup in your home. If the cost of pumping your septic tank seems a bit steep, remember that the cost of cleanup and repair of a failed septic system will be much higher.
You need to know your plumbing tools as well as how they are used so your plumbing efforts are always positive. Be sure you read everything you can from the manuals, and use different things like the library and internet to learn all the projects that are do it yourself. Be sure to plan before starting a repair, because it can be expensive to fix mistakes.
It’s a bad idea to makes use of toilet tablets composed of bleach or in the color blue, or in fact any one designed to remove odors. These tablets have chemicals that can damage rubber parts that are essential to the proper functioning of your toilet.
Inspect around the toilets for softness in the floors to see if any damage has occurred. 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. You can save money by noticing and treating this problem as early as possible.
Water from wells can cause orange or rust colored stains in places like bathtubs and sinks. This comes from large amounts of iron present in the water. This is something that needs to be taken care of by water softener, which you can buy at a store, or have a company come out to your house and take care of it for you.
Keep your bathtub in good shape by using a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down its drain monthly. 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. Pause a few minutes, and then follow the mixture with boiling water. This process should open up the pipes by clearing out hair build-up and soap scum.
In order to stay away from plumbing problems, you should make sure you are knowledgeable about the basics and prepared for the worst. Knowing as much as you can about plumbing will lead to making sound decisions and avoiding costly plumbing problems. It is best for one to do one’s research and try fixing one’s plumbing issues before things get worse.