When you buy a new home, it’s likely that some sort of plumbing problem will exist. These problems are usually in the kitchen or bathroom. In reality, at some point each homeowner deals with a plumbing problem at some point. Here are some ways to help when that happens.
If your pipes are so noisy that they sound like squeaking or hammering, you can easily solve this problem. What you will have to do is anchor any pipes that are exposed. Call a plumber to help with pipes that require you to cut a hole in a wall, ceiling or floor.
Keep your plumbing flowing by maintaining a temperature above 32 degrees and wrapping up any exposed pipe works. It is easy for pipes to freeze whenever the mean temperature near the pipes drop below freezing. It may take time to thaw so that you can have running water. The other option is the pipes may burst, which would result in significant repair costs and a mess to clean up.
Your septic tank should be pumped out at least once every five years if you want it to stay in optimum working order. Doing so avoids sediment build up, so that you don’t have any kind of septic system backup. Getting your septic tank drained occasionally may be expensive, but it’s dirt cheap compared to the cost of repairing a damaged septic system or the cleanup cost when raw sewage backs up into your home.
Check the floor for soft areas around the toilet to determine floor 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. You can save money by noticing and treating this problem as early as possible.
If your home has a well for water and there are pink or orange stains in the sinks and tubs, this could be due to high iron content in your water. You can combat this by using a water softener. You can either purchase it at a store, or hire a company to come to your house to set it up for you.
If you have any plumbing work that needs to be done, schedule it all to be done concurrently. You might be tempted to have a plumber come out for every little thing that happens, but kicking the can on some issues until you have a list means you can save a few bucks. You can save money by only paying a single service call fee instead of ending up with multiple hours being billed from multiple visits.
Run lots of cold water whenever you use your garbage disposal. When cold water hits the garbage disposal, it sharpens the blades. This keeps the disposal working properly. Hot water is not recommended because of what it does to greasy products.
The worst thing you can do is to be unprepared when a plumbing problem arises. Every homeowner should arm themselves with a few basic plumbing tools and repair tips. If you wind up with a future plumbing problem, the advice you have learned from this article will get you through it.
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