If you really master the art of plumbing, the results will show in both your home and your pocketbook. It shows you care about your home and keeping it up. That is a commendable goal. Like any other skill that you have, there is always ways to improve and add to what you know. The following are some ideas for learning about plumbing or getting better at it.
If your pipes make squeaking and hammering noises, it may be very simple to fix. You will need to anchor any exposed pipes. If pipes are located in the floors, ceiling or walls, a professional might be needed for the job.
To keep your septic tank in good working order, it is advisable to have it pumped out every five years. Deposit and debris build up in your tank can result in major problems. 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.
Every so often, inspect the floor around your toilet and see if it has gone soft. 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 can save money if you notice the problem as soon as possible.
Avoid dumping oil, fat, and grease in your drain. Grease hardens when it cools and will clog your pipes. Your garbage disposal is particularly vulnerable to this issue, as the fat solids will slow the motion of the blades. This results in the disposal operating less efficiently. Don’t put oils down the sink.
Keep the drain in your bathtub working well by pouring one cup baking soda into the drain quickly followed by about a cup of white vinegar. Cover it with a plug or rag, because a chemical reaction is sure to occur in your pipes. Pause a few minutes, and then follow the mixture with boiling water. Although this is useful for clearing away simple clogs made of hair and soap debris, it will not work for serious blockages.
You can save money if you have the skills, tools, and ability to fix small plumbing problems yourself. This is wonderful! The advice in this piece is meant to enhance your growing body of plumbing knowledge, and you should always continue to learn. You may even find a plumbing job or idea you like.