Once in a while, everyone has a question about plumbing. People want to know a thing or two about general maintenance, and they want to be able to fix some things themselves. Read this article to give you the basic knowledge to allow you to fix any problem you face and keep your plumbing system in tip-top shape!
You should clean your septic tank every five years! This will keep sediment from building and causing backup into the house, and possibly causing the septic system to fail. Getting your septic tank drained occasionally may be expensive, but it’s dirt cheap compared to the cost of repairing a damaged septic system or the cleanup cost when raw sewage backs up into your home.
Never pay a plumber until the job is complete. 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. Knowing the job was completed in a timely and high-quality manner is essential before paying for a plumber.
Odor removers such as bleach toilets are not good for your plumbing system. The rubber parts of your system can be damaged by the chemicals contained in these tablets and stop functioning.
A strainer should be placed over all the drains in order to gather particles that would just get in the drain and potentially cause stoppage. Clean your kitchen strainer often, particularly if you can see debris accumulating. Those in the bathtub should be cleaned out periodically, as needed.
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. Plug up the drain and allow the chemical reaction to occur. Flush it with boiling water after a few minutes. By taking these steps, you have a good chance of ridding your pipes of hair and soap scum.
Get a good quality replacement shower head. Sometimes, people will choose a shower head because it is the least expensive. However, they are inexpensive for a reason, this being that they are cheaply made and tend to break a lot easier.
If you have pipes that are clogged, try a cleaner that is enzyme based. Enzyme based cleaners use “good” bacteria to transform the clog into a liquid, which will remove it from pipes. Some of the finest cleaners are enzyme cleaners.
Clean your dryer’s lint trap. This can save you a lot of trouble, including preventing fires. Regularly check your dryer’s lint trap to see if it has any tears or holes that could potentially damage your dryer, and clog up your plumbing.
Proper education prior to a problem arising is imperative. In addition, routine maintenance work can help prevent problems before they come up. Apply these tips and take the time to inspect and maintain your system to save money.