Insight To Help You Keep Your Plumbing Or Septic System Working Well
Although your home's plumbing makes life much easier and more convenient for you, problems can arise in your plumbing or septic system, depending on which you have in your home. Here are some tips to help you keep your plumbing and septic system working well.
Clean Out Drains
Occasionally, your bathroom sink and tub will begin to drain slowly, which can be caused by hairs, lint, and soap residue building up inside the drain. As this type of material collects, the water drains more slowly. You can try using a drain cleaner to clean the clog, but to fully remove the blockage you will need to pull the debris out from the drain.
To do this, remove the plug or drain cover and shine a light into the drain to determine the location of the clog build-up. Use a pair of long-nosed pliers or a long screwdriver to pull out the debris and throw it in the trash. Rinse the drain clean and replace the plug.
If you do experience a deeply-clogged drain you cannot remedy, call your professional plumber and they can use their plumbing equipment to remove the blockage and even conduct a visual inspection of the line, when necessary.
Use Sink Disposal Properly
Your kitchen sink disposal is handy for cleaning dishes and eliminating excess food scraps during your kitchen clean-up, but make sure you use it in the right way. Too much of the wrong items placed through your disposal can clog up your pipes and leave your sink stopped up and in need of a plumber services company.
Do not place any fibrous stems or vegetable peelings, grease, animal fats, oils, and egg shells, as they will clog your sewer pipes. Scrape your dishes into the trash first, and only use your disposal after rinsing your dishes clean into the sink.
Maintain Septic System
If your home is set up on a septic system instead of connected to your city's sewer line, you won't have a disposal to worry about but you will need to take care of your septic system. It is important to hire a septic professional to check and pump your tank when it becomes too full of solid waste.
The frequency of how often you need to have this handled depends on the number of people in your household using your septic system and the size of the tank. Some tanks are larger than others and can hold more waste before they need to be pumped, but if your household has a large number of people using the system, a larger tank will become full faster.
You should also watch how much water you flush into your septic system at one time. Running your dish and clothes washers repeatedly over a short period of time can put too much water into your tank, resulting in it draining into and flooding the system's drain field. Space out your water usage over a longer period of time. For example, wash a batch of clothes every day instead of washing several all on one day.