If you were a renter in the past, you knew that if there was a plumbing problem oremergency, all you had to do was place a call to the landlord or property manager and it would all be taken care of. Once you become a homeowner, the climate changes a bit.
Suddenly, you want to do everything you can to maintain your home’s indoor plumbing system so it will last as long as possible, and hopefully you’ll manage to avoid major plumbing leaks and disasters. As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and it’s so true when it comes to plumbing.
What You Need to Know About Plumbing
At Excalibur Plumbing, we take pride in educating the public, our community, and our customers on plumbing basics. We understand that homeowners have enough home maintenance costs to deal with as it is, so we try to help them take care of their plumbing so they can prevent costly (preventable) issues from arising. That said, here is some basic plumbing advice that everyone, even renters, should be aware of!
- Make sure that everyone in the home knows where the water shutoff valves are for each appliance, and how to turn the water off. If you don’t know where these valves are located, contact us and we’d be glad to give you a guided tour.
- Once you locate all of the shutoff valves (by yourself or with a plumber’s help), label each one of them with directions on how to shut it off.
- If a pipe bursts, quickly go to the shutoff valve and shut off the flow of water. This allows you to prevent further damage from occurring.
- Twice a year, check the faucets, exposed pipes, hot water heater, and shutoff valves for leaks.
- Periodically inspect you walls and ceilings for signs of water damage. If you do find a leak, repair it right away.
- If your home uses a septic-tank system, don’t ignore it. Have it inspected regularly by a licensed professional.
- Do not place any flammable or combustible materials near the hot water heater.
- Do not pour grease down the drain. Instead, dispose of it in a jar and throw it in the trash.
- To prevent hair from clogging the pipes, cover bath and shower drains with screens.
- Refrain from using highly-toxic drain cleaners; they can be ineffective and hazardous to your health. If you have a clogged drain, first try a plunger and if that doesn’t work, a snake. If you still cannot unclog the drain, call a licensed plumber.
- Only flush toilet paper down the toilet. Don’t flush paper towels, feminine products, cat litter, cotton balls, prescriptions, dirty mop water, or baby wipes down the drain. They can all lead to stubborn clogging.
If you have a plumbing issue that needs resolving, contact our Leander plumbers to schedule a service call. We are family-owned and operated, fully licensed and have over 16 years of experience to offer you.
Call Excalibur Plumbing for all of your plumbing needs!