Water may be the source of all life, but it can also be a nemesis to the frustrated homeowner dealing with plumbing problems. Few issues, short of a natural disaster, can cause more damage to a house than a serious plumbing fault. Fortunately, homeowners can take a lot of steps to prevent plumbing nightmares and to minimize their effects when they occur.
To avoid frozen pipes in your home, never allow the temperature in your house to drop below freezing and insulate any pipes that are exposed to the elements. If the ambient temperature around the pipes is below freezing, the pipes can freeze. At best, it can take time for them to thaw and for you to be able to have running water. But they could also burst, causing a mess and a large repair bill.
To keep your septic tank in good working order, it is advisable to have it pumped out every five years. This prevents sediment from building up in the tank and causing a backup into your home or causing the failure of the septic system itself. While it may cost a bit to have your septic tank pumped out, it will cost you much more to clean up any sewage backup or to repair or replace your septic tank.
Never pay a plumber until the job is complete. It may be required to put some money down before a job is started, but never pay the total cost until you know the job has been completed correctly. It is good to know that the plumber did everything as promised before he gets his money.
Knowing your tools and how to use them can help greatly in your plumbing experience. Make sure to read all of your manuals and use things such as the library and the internet to read up on do it yourself projects. Make sure you plan before you try any kind of repair, as it can be costly to fix a mistake.
You should avoid using blue toilet tablets, bleach tablets, or any other odor removers in your toilet. Both of these may help to eliminate odors from your toilet, but it can also damage the rubber parts of your toilet, causing it to not function probably, or even to break down completely.
Good education and preparation are the key to avoiding plumbing woes. The homeowner who learns a little bit about plumbing is more likely to make wise decisions and avoid dangerous plumbing situations. By the same token, the homeowner who researches and prepares for tackling a plumbing problem beforehand, will be able to fix the problem quicker and easier.