Plumbing Tips To Help You Save Money

The plumbing tips below can help you save money. For example, knowing what to do when your pipes freeze, or how to maintain your septic tank can keep you from having to pay for expensive repairs.

Septic Tank

You should have your septic take pumped once every five years to keep it maintained. This will stop sediment from building up in the tank, which can cause it to backup into your home. This preventative measure will save you from paying for repairs.

Frozen Pipes

If your home has frozen pipes, turn on the nearest faucet and let it run. This gives the water somewhere to exit as your pipes thaw out. This relieves pressure in your pipes, and keeps them from bursting. If pipes burst, a plumber would have to replace them, and it could cause flooding in your home.

Damaged Bathroom Floor

Check your bathroom floor for softness, especially around the toilet. If you feel any soft spots, this means you could have floor damage.

Another easy way you can check for softness is to rock back and forth while you are sitting on the toilet.  If you feel it moving back and forth when rocking, your floors are more than likely damaged.

This gives you time to repair the flooring now before it spreads to the rest of the floor, which can save you a great deal of money.

Rain Barrel to Save Water

A rain barrel can be used to capture water that runs out from your gutter drains. You can then use this water on your flower and/or vegetable gardens. Make sure you drain the rain barrel when winter arrives to stop freeze damage.

Enzyme Cleaners For Clogs

If you are going to use a pipe cleaner to clear out a clog in your pipes, purchase one that is enzyme based. These cleaners contain bacteria that will eat through solid clogs, making them easier to flush out.

Shop Vacuum to Remove Hard Objects

If something hard has been flushed into your toilet, such as toys, a toothbrush, a comb, etc., instead of calling a plumber you can use a shop vacuum to suck it out. Do this instead of using a plunger, which will only push the object further down into the pipes.

You should call a plumber, from a company like Langley Plumbing, for any problems that you cannot handle as soon as you notice them. If you wait too long, the problem may become much worse, which will cost you more in repairs.