Are you confident in your understanding of basic plumbing concepts? Do you need to improve it in any way? What kind of skills do you have? If answering these questions was difficult or you found your answers unsatisfactory, keep reading for a few tips to give you a broader knowledge base.
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. If the temperature surrounding the pipes is anywhere below freezing, this can cause the pipes to freeze. If they freeze, it will be awhile for them to gradually warm. Therefore, it will take some time for you to have running water again. At worst, they will burst and you’ll be paying to repair the damage.
If you have a frozen pipe, turn on the nearest faucet so the water has an escape route when the pipe starts to thaw. This can relieve the pipe pressure that could cause bursting and further home damage.
Pump your septic tank about once every five years, to make sure it is working well. Septic systems can back up when the septic tank builds up sediment. This can even result in the septic system failing altogether. 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.
If you encounter a problem with your garbage disposal, resist the urge to reach in and fix it with your bare hands. Garbage disposals can be very dangerous, so take caution when fixing it, even while it’s turned off. You can look online to find the diagram for the disposal that you have.
The areas of floor around your toilets are particularly susceptible to water damage; here’s how you can check them. Another great way to check is to actually sit on the toilet and move in a rocking motion, going back and forth from right to left to see how much give you feel. You could save yourself money but noticing that problem sooner, rather than later.
Think about what plumbing work you need, then schedule them all at once. It can be tempting to call a plumber each time you have a minor problem, but saving plumbing work for one time allows you to put money aside for the repairs. You will also save because plumbers usually charge hourly rates, so hours they can charge you are reduced if there is only one trip made.
If water that is not supposed to be there is in the dishwasher, the likely culprit is a kitchen sink hose not properly attached. Your hose must run in a hill pattern to avoid water mixing. Think of the St. Louis Arch — start from your sink, go uphill with the hose, and then down before connecting to the dishwasher. This way, only pressurized water can travel through the hose. Leakage won’t be an issue.
Do you have more information on plumbing? Are you knowledgeable of the type of plumbing system your residence has? Are your skills improving? Are you now able to utilize things that can apply to your home system? Are you comfortable with your knowledge on how to use the required equipment? With any luck, the tips above should have created better answers.