Water may be the source of all life, but it can also be a nemesis to the frustrated homeowner dealing with plumbing problems. There is not a lot besides a natural disaster that can damage a house more than a huge plumbing problem. Luckily, homeowners have a lot of ways to avoid plumbing issues and ways to minimize the effects of those issues when they happen.
To keep your septic tank in good working order, it is advisable to have it pumped out every five years. This keeps the tank from developing a buildup of sediment, thereby preventing the septic system from backing up or failing altogether as a result. 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.
Knowing your tools and how to use them can help greatly in your plumbing experience. Use as many resources as you need, such as online or the library, to find the right information to repair your plumbing issues. Make sure that, before you jump in and start taking things apart, you plan your plumbing repair first.
If you encounter a problem with your garbage disposal, resist the urge to reach in and fix it with your bare hands. Your garbage disposal is a dangerous device, even when turned off. Troubleshooting techniques and schematics of your garbage disposal are available on the Internet.
If your house uses well water and there are orange or pink stains in tubs or sinks, it’s because of the iron level in the water. You can use water softener that you buy at the store to remedy this situation, or you can have a professional do it for you.
Preparation and plumbing education are what is needed to avoid plumbing mishaps. When a homeowner knows a few things about plumbing, he is going to make smart decisions when dealing with plumbing problems. Keep the above tips in mind to be better prepared to quickly fix any plumbing problems that do arise.