It is common for plumbing problems to arise in a newly purchased home. These issues tend to crop up somewhere near or in the bathroom, and also around the kitchen. In reality, every homeowner will experience plumbing problems at some point. Some jobs can be done by the homeowner for a huge savings, so here is some advice to show you how.
If you have pipes that sound as if they’re squeaking or hammering, it’s an easy fix. You will need to anchor any exposed pipes. If these pipes on the ceiling, or in the floors or walls, it might be a good idea to hire a professional to help you finish the project.
Avoiding frozen pies is easy if you ensure no area of your house ever falls below freezing and that any pipes which are exposed to such temperatures are protected with insulation. But, be advised that your pipes may freeze if the surrounding temperature near those pipes is less than freezing. The best case scenario is that you can heat the pipes and the water will start flowing again. The worst case scenario is a busted pipe and a costly repair.
If you discover a pipe has frozen, open a tap on the line to allow the thawing ice to drain. This will relive some of the pressure, and could prevent cracks from appearing.
If you want to maintain effective functionality in your spetic tank, pumping it out twice a decade is a really good idea. Deposit and debris build up in your tank can result in major problems. While you may find it costly to get your septic tank cleaned out, the cost is much higher to have sewage and backups cleaned up and your septic tank repaired or replaced.
If your home operates on well water and you notice pink or orange stains in your bathtub and other fixtures, this is no doubt due to iron in the water. You should purchase a water softener to use, or ask a local business to make a visit to your residence and resolve the issue for you.
You should always put plenty of cold water through your garbage disposal while it is running. The cold water will help keep the blades nice and sharp and will allow for a much smoother disposal. Grease will stay solid and go through your drain with cold water; you don’t want gooey grease in your pipes.
An incorrectly installed hose from the kitchen sink to the dishwasher can cause unwanted water to drain into the dishwasher. Your hose must run in a hill pattern to avoid water mixing. Think of the St. Louis Arch — start from your sink, go uphill with the hose, and then down before connecting to the dishwasher. This way, only pressurized water can travel through the hose. Leakage won’t be an issue.
Plumbing problems are bound to happen, so it’s important to be prepared. All homeowners should have some basic plumbing knowledge. The tips you learned here will assist you in dealing with whatever plumbing problems you encounter in the future.