Top Three Residential Plumbing Tips To Follow
Learn these plumbing tricks so you don’t have to call in the experts every time something breaks!
When do you start thinking about plumbing? Probably when something breaks down and stops working. In fact, you are most likely here right now because you have bumped into a problem or two. I just hope you are not too late… Just kidding, you can never be too late if you use good plumbing services. Let’s face it – you are probably not skilled enough to resolve this on your own. While, for a professional, your problems seem to go away by themselves, don’t they? Well, you know what, princess (or prince, for that matter)? They actually don’t! Therefore, it might be a good idea to learn a few tricks that might come in handy, so as not to end up calling an expert every single day. Or, at least, to know where your stuff is located and make the work of that professional who is making your life easier run smoothly. You owe that much to yourself.
Keeping a few things in mind costs you absolutely nothing. On the contrary, it might actually save you a few bucks. And it will definitely prevent some pipe issues from popping up. So, let me share some practical and useful tips.
Locate The Shut-Off Valve
If you are moving into a new house, this should be one of the main things you get acquainted with. However, I totally get it if you have been living somewhere for a long time and still don’t know this. If that’s the case, then you have some searching to do when you finish reading this. You can get more info here. Bear in mind that this can sometimes be located outside your home. Furthermore, if you live in an apartment, there is a fair chance that you don’t have your own shut-off valve. Instead, it’s one and the same for the building. But, why is this so important, anyway? Well, just think about it for a minute. In case you have a plumbing issue, what’s the absolutely first thing you should do while waiting for professionals to arrive? Turn off the main valve and cut off the water supply in your property. And, it might be a bit tricky to do this if you don’t know where your main valve is located.
Watch What Goes Down The Drain
People tend to put all kinds of things down the drain. The reason for this can be lack of knowledge, to be fair. But, let us also be honest with ourselves, it’s mostly negligence, carelessness and laziness. Whatever your case may be, the end result is the same – serious pipe damage. I call these actions “silent pipe killers”. At first, everything you throw in there smoothly and conveniently disappears. So, you are under the impression that everything works properly and that there are no problems at all. And then, one day, your whole plumbing goes to hell, so to speak. In order not to clog your pipes, make sure not to dump food debris, grease, or coffee grounds down the drains in your kitchen. Furthermore, rice, potato, and vegetable peelings are also famous for causing a significant amount of harm to your pipes. You should read the manual carefully so that you know what exactly your unit can and cannot handle.
Let me make this as clear as possible. There are things meant to be flushed. And then, there are simply some things that should absolutely and unquestionably NOT go down your toilet. If you’re an adult, living in 2020, it’s high time you learned the difference. Take a look at the plumbing glossary for plumbing terms that will help you identify the different things that may be causing problems in your home. I suppose I don’t actually have to teach you about those substances that are flushable. On the other hand, you might have heard a thousand times about those that you should avoid flushing and still stubbornly continue to do it. Well, stop. Cotton balls, medication prescriptions and all those hygiene products are meant for the trash can, not for the toilet. If you follow these three simple pieces of advice, you will avoid some unnecessary troubles and headaches. Of course, not everything is in your power and you cannot save it all. Therefore, find your own plumber and always keep their number nearby.