As a homeowner, you probably don’t think much about your plumbing system until something goes wrong. But with a little bit of knowledge and regular maintenance, you can avoid costly repairs and keep your plumbing running smoothly. Here are 10 plumbing tips from Ability Plumbing, your trusted local plumbing company, to help you keep your plumbing in top shape.
Know where your main water shut-off valve is located
In case of a plumbing emergency, it’s important to know where your main water shut-off valve is located. This valve controls the flow of water into your home and can help prevent flooding and water damage in the event of a leak or burst pipe.
Don't use your toilet as a trash can
Toilets are designed to handle human waste and toilet paper only. Flushing anything else, such as paper towels, wipes, or feminine hygiene products, can cause clogs and damage to your plumbing system.
Check for leaks regularly
Small leaks can quickly turn into big problems if left unchecked. Check under sinks, around toilets, and near appliances that use water, such as your washing machine and dishwasher, for signs of water damage or leaks. If you notice any leaks, call a plumber to fix them right away.
Install water-efficient fixtures
Upgrading to water-efficient fixtures can save you money on your water bill and reduce your home’s water usage. Consider installing low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets to conserve water and reduce your carbon footprint.
Avoid pouring grease down the drain
Pouring grease and oil down your drain can cause clogs and damage to your plumbing system. Instead, let the grease cool and solidify in a container before throwing it away in the trash.
Use a drain cover
Prevent hair, soap scum, and other debris from clogging your drains by using a drain cover in your sink, shower, and bathtub. Clean the drain cover regularly to prevent buildup.
Know your plumbing system
Knowing the layout of your plumbing system can help you troubleshoot problems and communicate with your plumber more effectively. Keep a diagram of your plumbing system handy in case of an emergency.
Don't ignore slow drains
If your drains are slow, it’s a sign that there’s a problem. Don’t ignore the issue and hope it goes away on its own. Call a plumber to diagnose and fix the problem before it gets worse.
Schedule regular maintenance
Regular maintenance by a licensed plumber can help prevent costly repairs and extend the life of your plumbing system. Schedule annual inspections and maintenance to keep your plumbing running smoothly.
Hire a licensed plumber
When it comes to plumbing repairs and installations, it’s important to hire a licensed plumber. A licensed plumber has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to get the job done right the first time, saving you time, money, and hassle.
At Ability Plumbing, we’re here to help with all your plumbing needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or for more plumbing tips and advice.