Nov 082016
 

Once in a while, everyone has a question about plumbing. If a problem occurs, most people want to have the ability to fix it ourselves. We’d also like to know some more general maintenance hints. By reading this article you will learn both so you’re ready for a plumbing emergency.

If your pipes are making a racket, there is a simple way to quiet them down. Any exposed pipes will need to be anchored. If these pipes are located in the floors, ceiling or walls, you are probably best calling a profession plumber to take over the project.

Septic Tank

Pump your septic tank about once every five years, to make sure it is working well. This keeps the sediment from building in the tank, which can cause septic tank failure or backup into your house. Although having a septic tank pumped costs money, cleaning up sewage backup in your home will ultimately cost much more.

Avoid the use of products for your toilet that help with odor, such as bleach tablets. They can clean the bowl and remove odors, but they also damage the soft plastic and rubber parts in and around your toilet.

TIP! Knowing your tools and how to use them can help greatly in your plumbing experience. Read every manual, and use the Internet and library to research the projects that you plan on doing.

If you encounter a problem with your garbage disposal, resist the urge to reach in and fix it with your bare hands. Even while turned off, the garbage disposal is still a dangerous place for your fingers. Try to find a diagram, or troubleshooting guide for your particular disposal on the Internet.

Check the floor for soft areas around the toilet to determine floor damage. Straddle your toilet by rocking it from foot to foot to see if there’s any weakening or softness on the floor below you. This will save you a lot of trouble and money if you find the issue before something horrible happens.

You need to be educated before something happens. Performing regular preventive maintenance is a great way to keep problems at bay. Use the advice in this article to be better prepared to handle any plumbing problem that may arise in your future.

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