10 plumbing tips to keep your plumbing in perfect working condition.
Never pour grease down the drain. Grease clogs pipes and can block your sewer line, creating a backup of waste. Instead, our grease into a container and throw away.
Never flush feminine hygiene products down the toilet. This should be obvious; however, it continues to happen. Tampons and pads are meant to absorb liquid and expand, and will clog pipes. Just wrap these products up and dispose in the trash.
Avoid flushable wipes. Older homes and sewer systems are too fragile to handle flushable wipes. Simply throw them in the garbage.
Avoid tablet toilet bowl cleaners. These drop-in cleaners have chemicals that can corrode pipes causing cracks and leaks. Use traditional toilet cleaning products.
Prevent hair and food from going down the drain. Hair is a major cause of drain clogs, so a drain screen can greatly reduce blockages. Use screens in sinks, bathtubs, and shower drains to catch hair or food. Remember to empty the screens often so the screen itself doesn’t clog.
Know the location and how to shut off your main water supply line. This is so important if there is a major leak in your plumbing. This disconnects all water to your house which will prevent further damage and allow a plumber to assess the leak.
Know the location and how to shut off the water supply to your water heater. If your water heater tank springs a leak, you must know how to shut off the water supply and turn off the heater. If it’s electric, turn the power off at the breaker. If it’s gas, turn the switch to “pilot” or shut off the valve at the gas supply line. Keep a pan under the tank to catch any leaking water.
Schedule annual sewer line inspections. Debris, tree roots, and shifting ground can create cracks, leaks, and back-ups in your system. This inspection is a small investment that can prevent costly damage and repairs in the future. Sewer lines need regular cleaning and maintenance just like cars!
Study your water bill. Know how much your monthly cost is, based on past years. Any unexplained increases could mean a leak has gone unnoticed. Leaks can create dangerous damage, so don’t wait until the paint peels and mold grows; call All Phase Plumbing right away!
Keep All Phase Plumbing’s number close by, 206-772-6077. We would love to be your trusted, go-to plumber!