Plumbing problems are common issues for new homeowners. You’ll find them in the bathroom, kitchen, or basement, but hopefully not in the walls! In reality, at some point each homeowner deals with a plumbing problem at some point. The following advice will assist you, should this situation arise.
Frozen pipes are on of the worst plumbing problems. Prevent the pipes from freezing by insulating any sections of pipe that are close to the outside walls, and never allowing the temperature inside to be below freezing. Obviously, if it is below freezing outdoors, the pipes will be subjected to the same temperatures. If they do freeze, you are looking at some time before they can thaw out, thus you will have to wait for running water. The worst case scenario is a busted pipe and a costly repair.
When it gets very cold, your pipes may freeze. If it does, relieve the pressure in the pipe by turning on the tap so the water can be released as the pipe thaws. Doing so provides pressure relief, and might spare you the damage of a burst pipe.
You should have your septic tank pumped once every five years for best performance. Doing this prevents any sediment from getting built up within the tank, which causes a backup in your home or causes your entire septic system to fail. It will cost some to have the septic tank pumped, but it would cost much more to have it cleaned, repaired or replaced due to sewage back up.
Don’t give a plumber the total bill payment upfront; pay them only when they have finished the job. You may have to put money down before they start working, but avoid paying the total amount until it’s done. You should make sure the plumber did a good job before you pay in full.
Odor removers such as bleach toilets are not good for your plumbing system. It may help to get rid of your toilet’s odors, but it will damage any rubber parts, causing your toilet to malfunction, or even break down.
Check floors around toilets for softness, so you can tell if you have any floor damage. An easy way to test for floor softness is by straddling the toilet and shifting your weight. If the floor feels soft when you do this, you have floor damage. You can save money if you notice the problem as soon as possible.
You should put a strainer over your drains to catch anything that could clog your drain up. Kitchen sink strainers should be cleaned every time they collect large food particles. Those in the bathtub should be cleaned out periodically, as needed.
Schedule all the plumbing work at one time. By doing so, you can save up enough money to pay for the repairs. Because most plumbers charge labor by the hour on top of a flat call rate, you can significantly reduce your bill by reducing the trips they make to your home.
The worst thing to do is being unprepared when plumbing problems arise. If you own your own home, you should know some basic plumbing skills, and have the tools ready to go. The next time something goes wrong, you’ll be ready.