Mar 192017
 

Many people think do-it-yourself plumbing is difficult. However, when you have the proper education and proper advice for a particular plumbing job, it is much easier. The following tips will get you started and help you complete that project that has been bugging you, in no time.

To prevent pipes from freezing, don’t let temperatures drop under freezing in your home, and insulate external pipes. It is easy for pipes to freeze whenever the mean temperature near the pipes drop below freezing. The best case scenario is that you can heat the pipes and the water will start flowing again. However, frozen pipes often burst, causing damage to your home and a hefty repair bill.

TIP! To keep your pipes from freezing in the winter, insulate all exterior pipes and be sure to keep your interior house temperature above freezing, even if the house is vacant. If the temperature surrounding these pipes is below the freezing point, your pipes could freeze.

If a plunger is ineffective, you might be able to do the trick with a bucket of warm water. Repeat this once your water goes back to a lower level.

Feel the floors around the toilets to see if they are soft; this will help you know if you have any damage. Straddle the toilet and rock from one foot to the other to see if you feel any weakening or “softness” in the floor beneath you. It could potentially save money by discovering any problems before too much damage occurs.

Keep a strainer over every drain in your house to prevent stray debris from clogging your pipes. Whenever large particles become trapped in the strainer, remove them. Keep the bathroom drains cleaned out too.

TIP! Avoid septic tank problems by having your tank pumped out in five year intervals. Doing so avoids sediment build up, so that you don’t have any kind of septic system backup.

Do not put any oil, fat, or greasy foods or products in your sink. When they cool down, they get hard and that will cause clogs in your sink drains. This can make your garbage disposal run slower. Get rid of any fat or oils outside or in the garbage can.

As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and you’ll be on your way to doing your own plumbing.

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