Plumbing issues can crop up at any time. You may be able to fix some problems easily, while others will take more effort. No matter what the problem is with your plumbing, you should be educated so when there is an emergency, you can act quickly to get the problem fixed.
Have your septic tank cleaned every five years to keep it in prime condition. Having it cleaned out prevents the sediment from accumulating in the septic tank and creating a sewage backup in your house or triggering the meltdown of the entire septic system. It may be a bit expensive to pump a septic tank, but it will be very expensive to clean up an emergency sewage problem.
Avoid dumping oil, fat, and grease in your drain. When they cool down, they get hard and that will cause clogs in your sink drains. A garbage disposal can even become clogged by hardened grease and it will not run at optimum speed and efficiency. Get rid of any fat or oils outside or in the garbage can.
If you get your water from a well and orange or pink stains appear in your sink or tub, then you can be sure that the culprit is iron in your water. Water softener can help this problem, and you can buy that at a store. Alternatively, you can hire someone to handle it.
Installing efficient shower heads could save you a lot of money when it comes to your energy bill. Most of your water bills comes from the water you use to shower. When you install energy-efficient heads in each bathroom, you will save around 100 dollars or more per shower.
If you are using a slower head, see to it that you replace it with one that has good quality. 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.
When using the garbage disposal, do not even bother running the water. It seems like water would help make the disposal function more smoothly, and many people simply assume that this is so, but it is not really the case. In contrast, it could actually cause garbage or waste to stick to the insides of the disposal and do more damage than good.
Try not to use drain cleaners too often, it at all. Drain cleaners are composed of extremely corrosive chemicals and can actually damage pipes with frequent use. Call a professional if you notice your drain is still clogged up.
Investigate the history of a plumber before hiring them. Some plumbers may not be experienced or skilled enough to be able to handle some jobs, and can actually make the problem worse. Check reviews, and ask your friends and family for recommendations.
As you have learned in the introduction of the article, you can learn a lot of ways to fix big and small things when it comes to plumbing. If you use the tips you have just learned, you will have an easier time fixing whatever problems you may encounter.