A common myth is that tackling plumbing issues yourself is impossible. It can, however, be a manageable task if you learn about what you are doing and receive tips and hints from others knowledgeable in the field. There is some handy advice here that will get you on the right track with your plumbing needs.
Having your septic tank pumped out on a regular basis will keep it functioning properly. Regular maintenance will keep sediment from backing up inside of the tank. Sediment can not only cause the sewage in the tank to back up into your house, but it can cause the tank to fail completely. There is a cost to having a company pump out your septic tank. But, a serious backup can cost a lot more if it mean replacing the tank.
Knowing all your different tools and how they are used will be a great help when you work on a plumbing job. Research the project you are going to attempt online, and read the manuals that come with the tools before you use them. Make sure you plan before you try any kind of repair, as it can be costly to fix a mistake.
You can check for damage to the floors around the toilets by checking for soft areas. Sit reversed on the toilet (facing the tank) with your feet on the floor. Rock your weight onto each foot in turn and see if you can feel any weakness or “give” in the floor. When you have a problem like this to deal with, the earlier you detect it, the less expensive it will be to take care of.
Make sure there is a strainer covering all drains in order to collect particles that would cause a clog if they went down the drain. You should clean your kitchen sink’s strainer every time there is a large particle that’s trapped in it. Clean out the bathtup strainer every few days before it becomes clogged.
Avoid putting grease, fat, and other oils down your drain. When they cool down, they get hard and that will cause clogs in your sink drains. As an owner of a garbage disposal, this is important because the blades will stop working if they have fat on them. Dispose of your oils in a coffee can or other suitable container instead of your sink.
Make a schedule for plumbing work, so it occurs all at approximately the same time. You may be tempted to call a professional plumber if you have any minor issues, but saving your plumbing issues for one time can let you put that money back into repairs. This can save you money since plumbers generally charge hourly, as they can’t charge multiple hours per trip if it’s only one trip out.
As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and you’ll be on your way to doing your own plumbing.