Sometimes, internet searches and your wrench aren’t your friend. Although Google may make you feel as though you are a professional plumber at heart, it can often lead to expensive repairs when you have to call us in. We want to help. Here are some do’s and don’ts of home plumbing to help get you started on the right path to repair.
- DO – Run water at full pressure when you use your disposer.
- DO – Check caulk line on walls around tubs and showers regularly
- DO – Open drain on water heater twice a year to remove sediment
- DO – Spray oil or WD-40 on seldom used valves to prevent seizing
- DO – Turn off hot water systems when leaving for vacation
- DO – Pour two or three gallons of boiling water down shower or tub drains once a month
- DO – Use a blower dryer to thaw frozen pipes
- DO – Have a diagram of your sewer system handy in case of emergency
- DO – Oil parts in toilet tanks that are above water level
- DON’T – Put coffee grounds in your sink drains.
- DON’T – Hang a knick-knack shelf over your toilet.
- DON’T – Throw sanitary napkins in toilet.
- DON’T – Use drain cleaners containing lye.
- DON’T – Hang a shelf for heavy objects over a sink.
- DON’T – Pour fats or cooking oils into your sink.
- DON’T – Leave water turned on to hoses for washing machines, dishwashers, and garden hoses when not in use.
- DON’T – Dig deep holes or trenches in your yard before locating water, gas, and sewer lines
- DON’T – Plant trees or large shrubs over sewer lines
Most importantly, don’t attempt to handle large plumbing projects on your own. The better investment is to seek the professional care of a plumber rather than break something that would be costly to repair. Email us today to learn more Do’s and Don’ts that will help you as a homeowner!