It is a common occurrence after you purchase a home to eventually see plumbing problems start to crop up. You’ll find them in the bathroom, kitchen, or basement, but hopefully not in the walls! Every homeowner has to deal with plumbing issues. Some jobs can be done by the homeowner for a huge savings, so here is some advice to show you how.
Noisy pipes is an easy do-it-yourself project. Anchoring exposed pipes will decrease the amount of noise your plumbing system makes. It may be necessary to hire a professional to address noisy pipes that are located in less accessible places in your home.
Ensure that a septic tank is emptied approximately five yearly, and make sure it is properly maintained. This will keep sediment from hanging out in your tank and eventually causing there to be a backup in your home. 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.
You never want to pay for a job until it is complete, and this goes for a plumber as well. In some cases, you have to make a down payment prior to the first day of work. This is okay to do; however, don’t let your plumber talk you into paying the entire cost of a job before he’s finished, and never pay the whole cost before he’s even begun. If you pay everything up front, you have no recourse if the plumber doesn’t finish the job or doesn’t do it correctly.
Get to know the tools and how they are used for the most success in plumbing. 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. Make sure you plan before you try any kind of repair, as it can be costly to fix a mistake.
Here is a good tip for a safe, inexpensive way to keep the drain in your bathtub trouble-free. Take one cup of baking soda and pour it into the drain. Then do the same with a cup of vinegar. Do this procedure once a month. 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. Let it sit a few minutes, then wash it all away with boiling water. This method should clear your pipes of accumulated hair and soap scum.
Ensure that the overflow holes in your sinks are not clogged. The overflow holes are there to make sure the sink doesn’t overfill, which can become a problem if they are blocked. Clean overflow holes as part of your annual maintenance, and any other time you are handling general plumbing repairs.
When you have a problem with the plumbing, the worst thing to do is not be prepared. Anyone that owns a home should also know a little bit about plumbing. If you wind up with a future plumbing problem, the advice you have learned from this article will get you through it.