It can seem like a lot of work to learn about plumbing, but with some research and effort, you will see it is actually pretty straightforward.
To prevent pipes from freezing, insulate all exterior pipes and be sure to keep your interior house temperature above freezing, even if the house is vacant. Pipes have the potential to freeze if the surrounding temperatures are below the freezing temperatures. It could take some time for the pipes to thaw out so that you can have running water. However, your pipes can explode, which would cause a huge mess and an extremely big repair bill.
Pump out your septic tank at least every five years to keep it in proper working well. While you may find it costly to get your septic tank cleaned out, it will cost you much more to clean up any sewage backup or to repair or replace your septic tank.
Do not pay your plumber until the problem is fixed. You may need to make a small down payment before the job has begun, but never pay the total cost until you know the job has been completed correctly. You want to make sure that the plumber did his job before they get your money.
Don’t use harsh chemicals such as toilet tablets that claim to be cleaners in your toilet. These products may well remove odors, but they can seriously damage the rubber pieces in the toilet, which can prevent your toilet from functioning correctly.
If you have a clogged toilet with the water level very low, if the water level is low, pouring a bucking of boiling water from a height into the toilet bowl could resolve the problem. Do this as often as necessary if the water level gets too low.