Unfortunately, most homeowners find that plumbing issues tend to rear their head soon after a new property is purchased. Plumbing issues can occur in any room in the house, but usually happen in the kitchen or bathroom. Eventually, nearly every homeowner has to face one type of plumbing issue or another. This advice will make dealing with these problems as painless as possible.
Plumbing that constantly squeaks, pounds, and emits other noises is irritating but, fortunately, the problem is often easily fixed. If pipes are exposed, you must anchor them. Pipes that are contained within the floors, walls and ceilings may need to be attended by a professional plumber.
To prevent frozen pipes, always keep the living spaces in your house above freezing, even if you aren’t home. Any exposed pipes need to be insulated against the outdoor temperatures. If the temperature surrounding the pipes is anywhere below freezing, this can cause the pipes to freeze. In the best situation, it can take hours for frozen pipes to thaw and water to run freely again. But, more importantly, the pipes can burst, which will cause a huge mess and big repair bill.
If you have a frozen pipe, turn on the nearest faucet so the water has an escape route when the pipe starts to thaw. As such, bursting can be halted, saving you from even more costly damages.
Ensure that a septic tank is emptied approximately five yearly, and make sure it is properly maintained. Doing this prevents any sediment from getting built up within the tank, which causes a backup in your home or causes your entire septic system to fail. If the cost of pumping your septic tank seems a bit steep, remember that the cost of cleanup and repair of a failed septic system will be much higher.
Being unprepared for a plumbing problem can really make an already bad situation worse. If you own a home, you should have some basic plumbing equipment, and the knowledge of how to use it. If you wind up with a future plumbing problem, the advice you have learned from this article will get you through it.