Below are some plumbing basics that could wind up saving you big money in the long run. It might not surprise you when I say that many homeowners don’t have basic knowledge of their plumbing system. They’ve taken their plumbing system for granted until something goes wrong, then we take notice. If you ask ten homeowners where their water shut off valve is, only half could show you where it exists. Can you imagine if there is a water leak, only half of all homeowners would know where to shut off the water? Every homeowner should know the basics when it comes to their plumbing system.
The basics of what you should know:
- You should know how to unclog a toilet, shower or sink.
- Know how to remove black slime from your bathroom sinks and showers.
- Make sure you know how to shut your water off in case of an emergency.
- Learn how to fix a jammed garbage disposal.
- Learn essential maintenance on your water heater.
- Know how to check for a leak in your home.
- Know how to change a toilet flapper.
- Where the cleanouts are to your home.
- Know how to turn off the main meter to your home.
- Learn how to check your water pressure.
- Know when to call a licensed plumbing contractor.
If you know these basics to your plumbing system, it could keep hard-earned money where it belongs–––in your pocket. It could also save you from a plumbing disaster.
We have all heard the slogan, “Knowledge is power,” and I think we can all agree that’s the truth. We can also all agree that it comes in so many forms, and it’s what we do with that knowledge which leads to power, is what will really make a difference. Plumbing is no different, knowing specific facts; however small they are, the facts can extend the life of your pipes, drains, water heaters, and garbage disposals.
Here are some plumbing basics that your plumber will not always tell you about:
- Never believe what a flushable label says. The so-called “flushable’s” should never be flushed down the drain: tampons, wipes, floss, or Q-tips. While they may seem harmless now, they can get lodged in the trap and back up later.
- Never pour grease down your drain. Grease can harden and get lodged in your drain. It can also build up residue on the lining of your pipes.
- Some homeowners were told if they put a brick or a sealed liter of water in their toilet tank, they will save on water. While there is some truth to that, but more times than not, it keeps your toilet from flushing correctly. Better yet, you can buy a brand new dual flush toilet by Glacier Bay for $99. It uses 1.1 gallons a flush for liquid and 1.6 gallons a flush for solids–––you’ll save a bundle.
- Another way to apply the plumbing basics is to replace the hoses on your washing machine and dishwashers. Broken water hoses from washing machines and dishwashers are one of the main reasons for flood damage. It’s recommended that you replace the hoses once every five years.