Water’s the source of life, but can be the arch nemesis of those with plumbing problems. There are few things that cause more damage to your home than a big plumbing problem. Thankfully, owners of homes can take steps to avoid plumbing nightmares.
You can prevent frozen pipes within the home, by ensuring the temperature does not fall below freezing. Another important step is insulating pipes that are exposed to cold temperatures. Pipes will begin to freeze as soon as they reach freezing temperatures. If you are lucky, you will only experience a minor inconvenience until the pipes thaw. The worst case would be that they burst, creating water damage and a big repair bill.
If your pipes freeze, turn on the water from the faucet nearest them to let water out when they start to thaw. This assists you in relieving pressure within the pipe, and could stop any bursting from occurring, which can prevent additional damage to your home.
Ensure that a septic tank is emptied approximately five yearly, and make sure it is properly maintained. Doing so avoids sediment build up, so that you don’t have any kind of septic system backup. It may be a bit expensive to pump a septic tank, but it will be very expensive to clean up an emergency sewage problem.
Don’t be tempted to use commercial bleach tablets, blue toilet tablets or any other product that claims to prevent toilet odor. While they may be effective deodorizers, they can damage rubber parts in your toilet. If they become too damaged, your toilet will not operate properly.
Make sure there is a strainer covering all drains in order to collect particles that would cause a clog if they went down the drain. Kitchen sink strainers should be cleaned every time they collect large food particles. The bathtub’s strainers need to cleaned out on a regular basis.
Schedule all the plumbing work at one time. You might be tempted to call the plumber every time you need something fixed, but if you wait and hire the plumber for a single visit, you can save up money for repairs. Also, combining smaller jobs into one larger job lets the plumber finish his work faster and therefore saves you money.
Installing shower heads that are more effective can save you a lot on your energy head. Most households use a lot of hot water in the shower. By installing an energy-efficient shower head that might cost a few dollars, you could save at least $100 a year per person who showers in your house.
If you wish to use a pipe cleaner to clear out your clogged pipes, look for one that is enzyme-based. These natural bacteria cleaners turn sludge into liquid, and then remove it from the pipes. Enzyme based cleaners are not corrosive so they won’t erode your metal pipes.
Having a basic knowledge and being prepared are the first steps to successful plumbing repairs. By learning more about plumbing, a homeowner can make the right decisions and reduce the chance of plumbing problems. Keep the above tips in mind to be better prepared to quickly fix any plumbing problems that do arise.