Learning to Perform Minor Plumbing Repairs

Once you become a homeowner, it doesn’t take long to realize that you will need a basic knowledge of the things that make your home run smoothly. Plumbing is on that list. When plumbing issues take place, you no longer have the option of calling the landlord; instead it’s helpful to know a few minor repairs yourself. We thought we’d give you a head start before calling the plumber, so the following are some jobs that you may be able to tackle on your own.

Noisy Pipes

Usually, pipes become noisy because they are a bit loose. Exposed pipes need to be anchored down and this usually stops the noise.

Frozen Pipes

This problem happens in the cold winter months when the temperature dips below freezing. The best way to avoid frozen pipes is to allow the faucets to drip slightly in order to prevent too much pressure. A burst pipe creates a big mess!

Cleaning Your Septic Tank

This is a problem every homeowner dreads. The best way to fix septic tank issues is to avoid them in the first place by cleaning out the septic tank every couple of years. The reason these tanks get backed up and began overflowing onto the ground is because of the sediment that builds up in the tank over time. It can be a little costly to have the tank washed out, but it’s far costlier to have the whole mess cleaned up once it spills into your yard! Not to mention the horrid problem of the mess and fumes coming into your house.

Know Your Tools

It’s good to understand the basic tools of the trade when it comes to plumbing, and how to use them. Sometimes having to fix a mistake can cost you more than the original problem.

Drain Filters

Drain filters should be put in all your sinks. They prevent debris from getting trapped in the pipes. They should be cleaned regularly; especially if you notice a slow draining sink.

Correct Use of Toilets

Ok, a little common sense is needed here—never put things in your commode that shouldn’t go there! Hunks of baby wipes, sanitary napkins, diapers, etc. should NOT go in the toilet. It’s a surefire way to get a toilet backed up and create a mess. The only thing that should ever get tossed in your toilets is toilet paper. Stick to this rule and you won’t have a problem!

Plumbing is an intricate system but minor repairs don’t have to be a big deal, or expensive. Why not feel proud about learning a new skill and tackle to small stuff yourself! For more involved plumbing problems, call us any time of the day or night at 000-000-0000.

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