If you need to take on your own plumbing, there are a lot of questions you may have. These tips will help you accomplish the unthinkable and establish control over your plumbing once again!
To maintain a clean, well-functioning septic tank, it is recommended that you clean it out once every five years. Septic systems can back up when the septic tank builds up sediment. This can even result in the septic system failing altogether. Although it is somewhat of an expense to pump out a septic tank, it is nothing compared to what you will have to spend on cleaning up a backup of sewage or repairing or replacing your septic system.
Don’t put fat, grease and other oils into the drain. As they cool off, they can solidify and effectively create clogs and blockages in your drains. This is especially the case if you possess a garbage disposal; fats and oils cause blades to run less efficiently and slow. Be sure to get rid of oil products away from your sink.
To increase the useful life of your garbage disposal, clean it out regularly. Using lemon rinds and cherry pits mixed with dish soap will help keep your garbage disposal operating efficiently and smelling fresh.
Pour equal parts baking soda followed by vinegar down your bathtub drain once a month. Afterward, place a washcloth or towel over the top of the drain, to keep the chemical reactions contained. After a few minutes,just flush the drain out with water that has reached a boiling point. This simple solution can break up clogs caused by everything from hair to soap scum.
Check the overflow holes for clogs. Overflows holes can be used in the event the sink overfills, which is a big problem if they are clogged. Periodically clear out the overflow holes when doing your other checks for things that may need repaired.
It is important to run your faucet with cold water whenever you run your garbage disposal. The cold water helps the blades that are inside stay sharp, and will keep your disposal running smoothly. If you use hot water it will liquefy the grease, allowing it to accumulate in your drain causing your pipes to clog.
Having water leaking into the dishwasher, however annoying, is luckily an easy fix. The hose that runs from the kitchen sink to the dishwasher is not installed properly, and can be corrected quickly. The hose from your sink to your dishwasher needs to go upward before going back down so that there is no mixing between fixtures.
When replacing your shower head, pay attention to the quality of the replacement head. Many times people try to save money and buy the cheapest one that they see. The issue with that is they’re less tough and can break.
Plumbing, while at first it may seem intimidating, doesn’t have to be complicated at all. You simply have to understand the basics. All it takes to decide where to begin is some research, work, and common sense to find the best and most effective method for your specific job.