Plumbing Tips Every Homeowner Needs To Know


KNOW THE LOCATION SHUT OFF VALVES

It is important that you identify the location of the main shut-off valve and drain in your home. For houses, this can be located outside of the house. (Apartments & condos often don’t have their own dedicated shut-off valves). It is also helpful to identify sewer line access points, in case you need to clean it out from time to time. 

FIND OUT WHAT’S FLUSHABLE

Bathroom Sewer Backup

As a homeowner, you should never use your toilet as a trash can. Flushing anything except toilet paper can lead to clogging. Even “flushable” baby wipes are items that can back-up your septic system. Do your research prior to flushing!

GET A GOOD PLUNGER

A great investment to make, is a high-quality plunger. Clearing clogs in drains, toilets, and sinks is a heck of a lot easier with a high quality plunger. 

Don’t Ignore Leaks (Even The Smallest)

That annoying, small, dripping noise is often a sign of money being spent. Leaky faucets often waste up to 8 gallons of water per day. If you find your toilet in a constant running, don’t ignore! Running toilets can waste 200 gallons of water per day. Get these issues checked and fixed quickly, to avoid a high water bill.

Don’t Over-Tighten Fittings

We’re all for DIY tips and tricks, but a mistake often made with do it yourself plumbing, is over-tightening fittings and connections. This lead to broken bolts and stripped screws.