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People may need water to live, but water can just seem like a hassle if it’s flooding your basement. There is not a lot besides a natural disaster that can damage a house more than a huge plumbing problem. There are a lot of things homeowners can do to prevent serious plumbing problems and reduce the effects if they do happen.

Obnoxiously loud pipes that like to squeal and hammer are easy situations to correct. Any exposed pipes will need to be anchored. If pipes are located in the floors, ceiling or walls, a professional might be needed for the job.

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. Obviously, frozen pipes occur due to freezing environmental conditions. If they do freeze, you are looking at some time before they can thaw out, thus you will have to wait for running water. The worst case would be that they burst, creating water damage and a big repair bill.

If you want to maintain effective functionality in your spetic tank, pumping it out twice a decade is a really good idea. Septic systems can back up when the septic tank builds up sediment. This can even result in the septic system failing altogether. In this case, the cost of prevention definitely outweighs having your septic backing up into your house or failing.

Know your plumbing tools and exactly how to use them before you start on any plumbing repair. You should read the manual with any new tool you purchase. If you don’t have the manual, look online or at your local library for more information. You should do the same amount of research on the steps required for your project. Have a good grasp of what you’re attempting to do before you do it, so you don’t have to repair your repair.

You need to avoid using any kind of tablet or odor remover in your toilet if at all possible. These may deodorize, but they can seriously damage the rubber pieces in the toilet, causing poor functionality or even complete breakdown of the fixture.

Never put your hands in your garbage disposal to fix a problem. Garbage disposals can be dangerous, even when they are turned off. Hire a professional, or at least find your owner’s manual to look at a diagram of the disposal. Many owner’s manuals are available online, and may even contain interactive troubleshooters.

Try to have all your plumbing repairs done at once. You might be tempted to contact a plumber every time you face a small problem, but if you have problems repaired all at once, you will have time to save money for the fixes. Doing this can also save you money, since it’s common for plumbers to charge hourly rates. It’ll condense the total amount of time they need to spend to something you can more easily afford.

The keys to avoiding plumbing problems is great preparation and education. A homeowner who learns about plumbing will make wiser decisions and be able to avoid dangerous plumbing issues. Also, that savvy homeowner who researches everything and prepares for undertaking a plumbing issue before it really begins is better able to repair the problem more quickly and easily.