Taking care of your pipes can prevent plumbing nightmares. Here are a few things every homeowner should know. If you need a plumber for any reason, visit Porch to find a pro in your local area or read more expert tips from a plumber to resolve common plumbing issues.
Locate your main shut-off valve
If there is any sort of water emergency, the main shut-off valve will need to be turned off. Be sure that everyone in the house knows where the valve is so they can react if necessary.
Be careful what you flush
Let your family members know not to flush any solid objects down the toilet. Solid objects are everything from paper towels to toothbrushes. Even small solid objects can get caught in the vast and twisting network of pipes below the home. One object may not block your pipes but combined with other objects, it can create a gigantic blockage. Fixing a blockage can cause hundreds of dollars so be careful what you flush!
Put that bacon grease in a bowl
Don’t rinse oils and grease down your drains. You might think that hot grease in your pan after cooking bacon will slip through your pipes as easily as you pour it out of the pan. In reality, that grease will collect just out of sight and cause everything you put down the drain to stick. If enough grease builds up, your pipes can become completely blocked.
Keep them warm
You’ll want to keep your pipes warm during the winter. If your live in an area that gets below freezing make sure you thoroughly inspect your pipes. Prolonged cold weather can eventually freeze them. If the pipes freeze then they can crack and burst, costing you thousands of dollars to fix.
Be wary of what you throw down the disposal
A broken garbage disposal can be caused by any hardened fruit or vegetable. Be very careful with what you rinse down the drain and remember that your disposal is not your garbage can.
Water can eventually rot wood and cost you thousands of dollars. Make sure you inspect for any type of leakage. If you have any serious leak or other plumbing problems, you may want to consider hiring a professional. If you’re not sure what plumber to call, check out this expert advice for hiring a plumber.
Get an inspection
If its been a while since you had your home inspected, consider hiring a plumber to assess your pipes and see if your home requires an upgrades.
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