As a home owner, you want to learn DIY tricks and tips to help you tend to plumbing needs around your home. You also want to recognize when things are beyond what you can take care of on your own, so you know when it's time to have the plumber take care of things for you. Here are some tips, tricks, and hacks to keep in mind when it comes to home plumbing issues:
Prevent frozen pipes
When living in colder regions, there are added concerns to keep in mind, such as salting the walkways, salting the roof where ice dams can happen, and being prepared to shovel the car out if it snows. When it comes to the plumbing, you also want to leave the faucets dripping a little when temperatures get low, have the home heated even when you are away, and insulate pipes that are exposed to the cold air. If you do go to turn on the water and none comes out, call someone out immediately to avoid a pipe from bursting.
Properly care for the septic system
If the home is on septic, try to use homemade cleaners to avoid throwing off the chemistry. Make sure you don't allow the wrong things to be flushed or rinsed down drains, and don't allow cars or heavy machinery to go over the tank. You should also have the septic system pumped about every five years to avoid backups. You may be able to go a little longer in smaller households, and you may want to go shorter periods between pumping if you have a full household.
Properly maintain the garbage disposal
Do not try to fix a garbage disposal with your hands, and know where the reset button is so you can reset it easily if it suddenly stops working. Don't use the disposal for anything other than catching the crumbs off the dishes that didn't wipe off in the trash. Keep a strainer in the drain to catch the larger debris and empty it into the trash, and chop up ice cubes in the disposal regularly to help clean it.
Don't cause clogs in the system
Always make sure everyone in the house knows what can and can't go into the plumbing system. This is easy: only water and dish soap should go down the kitchen sink, only water, shampoo, soap, and conditioner should go down the tub and shower drains, and only toilet paper and human excrement should be flushed down the toilets. That's it; anything else can lead to clogs in the system.
For more information, contact companies like B & B Drain Tech Inc.