If you own your home rather than rent it, you already know that plumbing is something you need to have basic knowledge of. Renters usually have the luxury of calling the landlord to have plumbing problems dealt with. Owners, however, are responsible for everything if something in the home goes bad or breaks. Your plumbing system is certainly one of the most important parts of your home, so it serves you well to know about the basics of how it works and how to make minor repairs.
Fixes for Minor Plumbing Problems
There may be times when you cannot afford to bring a plumber in, so here are some good tips to help with most small jobs.
- Pipes that seem noisy. It might seem silly, but if you have exposed pipes, then all you need to do is firmly anchor the pipes in question and this will most likely stop the noisy pipes problem.
- Frozen Pipes. This is one of the most common plumbing problems during the winter. If the air outside is below freezing, you should allow the faucets to drip in order to prevent pressure from building up in the pipes. If your pipes burst, it causes a major mess and is no fun to clean up!
- Clean Your Septic Tank. If you’ve ever had a backed up septic tank, you know what a horrible problem it creates. Be sure to clean out the septic tank every few years to prevent a sediment build-up which can cause the tank to back up and spill over. It might seem expensive to have the tank washed, but it’s far more expensive to pay for fixing a septic tank that has backed up all over your yard or in your home!
- Understand Your Tools. Repairing a mistake can be quite costly so take the time to get familiar with basic plumbing tools and do a little research to learn how to use them properly.
- Drain Filters. Make sure you have installed drain filters in all the sinks in your home. These filters will stop any debris from traveling down through the pipes and clogging them up. Be sure to clean them out from time to time, especially if the sink begins to drain slowly.
- Proper Use of Your Toilet. Don’t throw things in the toilet that shouldn’t go there. Trying to flush funky things down the toilet like sanitary pads, diapers, wads of baby wipes, or even cotton balls can cause a toilet to back up and overflow. All of us have had to clean this up at some point and it’s no fun. You can prevent it by ONLY using toilet paper to flush.
Take the time to educate yourself on small household repairs. You can save a lot of money and have the satisfaction of learning a new skill and pulling it off!
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