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Working on your own plumbing can be a little confusing. There are many things you have to consider, from tools to regulations and everything in between. These tips will give you the information you need to be a better plumber!

Don’t let your house temperature drop to below freezing and make sure to insulate anything that is exposed to the outside elements to prevent frozen pipes. If the ambient temperature around the pipes is below freezing, the pipes can freeze. If they freeze, it will be awhile for them to gradually warm. Therefore, it will take some time for you to have running water again. At worst, they will burst and you’ll be paying to repair the damage.

If you have a frozen pipe, turn on the nearest faucet so the water has an escape route when the pipe starts to thaw. Letting the water drain out will relieve pressure in the frozen pipe, which will reduce the chances of it bursting and damaging your home.

Pump your septic tank every five years to keep it working well. 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. It will cost some to have the septic tank pumped, but it would cost much more to have it cleaned, repaired or replaced due to sewage back up.

Do not pay anything until the problem is fixed. It is customary to put down one-third to one-half of the total cost before the work is started, but do not pay in full until it is complete. This ensures that the plumber will not abandon the job midway, and will also care about the quality of their work more.

Don’t use harsh chemicals such as toilet tablets in your toilet. These products may well remove odors, but they have the side effect of damaging the rubber in your toilet, which can prevent your toilet from functioning correctly.

Use filters on all drains to prevent debris that might clog the pipes from getting through. Your kitchen sink strainer needs cleaning every time something big gets stuck in it. Those in the bathtub should be cleaned out periodically, as needed.

Don’t put fat, grease and other oils into the drain. When they cool, they will harden and create clogs in your drains. This is primarily true if you are someone who has a garbage disposal; the fats will make the blades go slower and less freely. Pour the grease and oil into a can to cool, put it in the trash.

Keep the drain in your bathtub working well by pouring one cup baking soda into the drain quickly followed by about a cup of white vinegar. Cover the drain with a plug or rag as you wait for the chemical reaction between the vinegar and baking soda to happen in your pipes. Wait until the chemical reaction runs its course, then flush the pipes by pouring in a kettle full of boiling water. This should help clear your pipes of accumulated hair and soap scum.

Plumbing can seem so intimidating from the outside, but once you know a little, it isn’t all that hard. You just need the basics to get started. All you need to begin is a bit of knowledge, work, and some common sense to seek the most helpful and effectual ways to complete the job.