Now is the right time to learn more about plumbing. You have probably considered learning about it before, but you just couldn’t find the time to do so.
Have your septic tank every five years or so to keep it working well. While it may cost a bit to have your septic tank pumped out, the cost is much higher to have sewage and backups cleaned up and your septic tank repaired or replaced.
Do not pay anything until the job. You may have to pay a portion of the cost before the plumber works on the job, but never pay the total cost until you know the job has been completed correctly. It will make you feel better knowing that the plumber did everything as promised before he gets his money.
Use a drain strainer to prevent debris that might clog the pipes from getting through. The ones in the bathroom can be cleaned out on a regular basis.
Don’t pour oils, grease and other oils into the drain. This is especially damaging to garbage disposals because the fats will make the blades turn more slowly and less freely. Make certain you dispose of oils in other places other than the sink.
Schedule your plumbing work at one time. You might be tempted to call the plumber every time you need something fixed, but if you have problems repaired all at once, you can save up money for repairs. Most plumbers charge an hourly rate and a flat rate for the trip: asking a plumber to fix multiple problems in one trip is cheaper than calling them more than once.
Some people think they can get the cheapest head for your shower in the store. The problem with that they are not very sturdy and can break.
The advice you just read illustrates how having plumbing skills can make your life easier. You will be a great resource to your family and friends, and potentially save yourself quite a bit of money, as well. The hints and tips you were given were meant to be easy to understand and easy to utilize. With any luck, you learned something of interest that will come in handy when you are repairing, maintaining or updating the plumbing in your own home.