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
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.