Water can be a serious source of issues for a homeowner. Beside natural disasters, not many other things can cause more destruction to a home than a serious problem with plumbing. Thankfully, owners of homes can take steps to avoid plumbing nightmares.
To prevent pipes in your house from freezing, do not let the temperature in the house dip below freezing. Also, any pipes exposed to the cold should be insulated. Your plumbing can freeze if the air around it is below 32 degrees. In the very least, you could lose running water inside while waiting for the pipes to unfreeze. However, frozen pipes commonly break or crack pipes, leading to flooding and costly repairs.
If you discover a frozen water pipe, turn on a nearby faucet so that thawed ice has a place to go. This will relive some of the pressure, and could prevent cracks from appearing.
Ensure that a septic tank is emptied approximately five yearly, and make sure it is properly maintained. Doing so will help to avoid septic tank problems by ensuring that the tank does not become clogged with sediment. White it is somewhat expensive to pump the septic tank, it will be much more expensive should you need to clean backup, repair your septic tank or replace it altogether.
Do not attempt to fix your garbage disposal by reaching in with your hands. Even if it is are switched off, a garbage disposal can be very dangerous. You can look online to find the diagram for the disposal that you have.
Give all drains strainers to gather particulate matter that can clog pipes. Clean debris from these strainers after each use. The bathtub strainer will prevent hair from clogging up your drain.
If your home uses well water and orange or pink stains become noticeable in your bathtub or in other fixtures, this occurs when the water has too much iron. A water softener can cure this problem and can be installed by you, or you may opt to have a professional to come and install it for you.
It is very important to to use lots of cold water when running your garbage disposal. Using cold water not only preserves the sharpness of the blades, but also makes the disposal process itself smoother. Running hot water down the drain while you are using the garbage disposal can cause the drain to clog from any grease that is in there liquefying.
By installing water-conserving shower heads in your bathrooms, you can save money on your monthly water bill. Your shower consumes a majority of the hot water usage in your home. When you install an energy-efficient shower head, you will reduce your home’s water consumption, which means money left in your pocket.
Being properly informed and ready for any situation makes it much easier to avoid problems with plumbing. Any homeowner who is willing to learn more about plumbing will have more favorable outcomes from maintenance and repairs; this may also make the home much safer. Indeed, those who proactively understand plumbing issues are far more likely to be able to solve a problem as soon as it occurs.