7 Plumbing Tips Homeowners Should Know

Learn How to Deal with Clogged Drains

Avoid liquid drain cleaners. The chemicals in Liquid Plumber and other similar products can harm your plumbing infrastructure. If your sink or tub keeps backing up, call your local plumber or similar tool that can pull out any debris blocking your pipes.

Keep Tabs on Water Pressure

They are a very important part of the plumbing systems, and that is the reason why you should be monitoring your home’s water pressure as often as you can.

It could be a good idea to install a smart home water monitoring system, and that way you can stay on top of your water pressure in real-time, detect leaks and track water usage.

Take Care of your Toilet

Make sure you only flush toilet paper and your own waste down the toilet, as we have mentioned so many times before. Make sure your toilet is working properly. Remember that sometimes, leaks don’t make any noise. You can check for these invisible leaks by putting food coloring in the toilet tank.

Take Care of your Garbage Disposal

Remember the rules, “No pouring any fats, oils or grease down the drain”. These will solidify when they cool down and can cause buildup in your pipes.

Before running your garbage disposal, let some cold water run into the drain for five or ten seconds.

Learn When to Replace Your Water Heater

Water heaters have a lifespan. If yours is getting into the double-digits, it’s probably time for a replacement. This is an area where you don’t want to procrastinate. That water heater tank is holding 50 gallons or more. That’s more than enough water to do some serious damage if that tank springs a leak. If you end up replacing your water heater, you should go ahead and replace your sump pump too.

Look for Signs of Water Leaks

Water leaks can happen all over your home. Look for spots of discoloration on walls and ceilings. Make it a habit to periodically check around water fixtures and appliances for leaks.

Fix Dripping Faucets

Dripping faucets are usually caused by two things: high water pressure, or a faulty component in the fixture. If you have a working PRV, chances are it’s the latter.

Most faucet repair jobs can be done yourself. Ball faucets are the kinds you usually find on your kitchen sink. Cartridge faucets and disc faucets are more common in bathrooms.