You can always call one of our emergency plumbers if you’re concerned about a problem with your pipes, and we’ll be happy to check it out for you. But in the meantime, knowledge is power, and you can probably prevent many plumbing problems or at least reduce the damage. If you know these five facts, you can save yourself a lot of trouble in the future.
Never pour grease down your drains. You would be surprised at how many people still dispose of oil and grease by dumping it into their kitchen sinks! No matter how much detergent you pour on top of it, large amounts of grease are going to damage your pipes eventually. Pour used oil or grease into a container and throw it away, clean out greasy pots and pans with a paper towel, and then wash them.
Don’t flush anything other than toilet paper and human waste. No matter what the box says, feminine hygiene products really are not flushable! Ditto for paper towels, baby wipes, cleaning wipes, or anything else other than toilet paper. Don’t flush these things unless you want to pay someone to remove them from your pipes later.
Know how to check your water pressure. If your water pressure is too high, it can place a strain on your plumbing. You can purchase a simple water pressure meter from a hardware store, to determine whether your pressure is too high. Simply shut off all appliances that use water in the home, attach the meter to a water outlet close to your home’s water supply, and turn on that faucet. If the reading is below 50 psi or above 75 psi, you might need to repair or replace your home’s pressure reducing valve.
Locate your water main shut-off valve. The time to locate your water shut-off is now, not when a plumbing emergency strikes! Just imagine yourself scrambling to find the shut-off while water gushes from a broken pipe in your home, and you can see exactly what we mean. Any time a pipe breaks or you suspect a leak, turning off the water should be your first step. Then you can call us to come fix it for you.
Know our phone number. No matter how dedicated you are to maintaining your home, plumbing emergencies are going to happen. If you keep our number programmed into your phone, or posted on your fridge, we can dispatch help to you right away when you need it.