A little bit of knowledge about plumbing can save you a lot of money. You may have thought of doing it before, but never had the time to do so. Take the time now to read this article and get started with understanding plumbing, so that you will know what to do should you have an issue.
Have your septic tank cleaned every five years to keep it in prime condition. This will keep sediment from hanging out in your tank and eventually causing there to be a backup in your home. 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.
Only pay pay the plumber once the job is done. A plumber might ask you for part of the money before starting the job but you should never pay more than half. You want to make sure that the plumber completed everything that they said they would before they get your money.
Never reach into a garbage disposal that you think isn’t working. Your garbage disposal is a dangerous device, even when turned off. Hire a professional, or at least find your owner’s manual to look at a diagram of the disposal. Many owner’s manuals are available online, and may even contain interactive troubleshooters.
Use a drain strainer to prevent small particles from sliding down your drain and causing clogs. Clean out the one in the kitchen whenever there’s something trapped there that shouldn’t be. Clean bathtub drain screens as often as needed.
The bottom line is that there is no substitute for possessing a solid knowledge of plumbing concepts. If you are unsure if you will be able to fix a specific plumbing problem, avoid permanent damage and call a plumber. Ideally, you found the concepts above both interesting and helpful in your quest to expand your plumbing knowledge.