Here at Solid Plumbing and Heating, we know that homeownership doesn’t automatically come with plumbing skills, even if you did manage to unclog the toilet that one time. A lot of homeowners may lack the basic skills required to do DIY plumbing jobs, but there are still a few things that you can do to avoid plumbing issues. You don’t want to end up worsening a plumbing problem. If you worsen an existing problem, you could face costly repairs or even damaged property. If you have a sewer line back-up or a water pressure problem you may want to call in the pros at Solid Plumbing first, but there are a few plumbing tips you need know.
Know What You Can And Can’t Flush
Always avoid using your toilet as a trash can. Flushing anything other than toilet paper and waste matter can cause serious clogs, sewer line backups and major damage. Even the so-called flushable wipes can clog your toilet.
Avoid Kitchen Scraps in Your Drain
You should never dump bacon grease, coffee grounds, vegetable peelings, food debris, coffee grounds, or starchy foods such as potatoes or rice down the sink drain. Even if you have a garbage disposal, go through the manual to be sure of your kitchen garbage disposal can handle and what it can’t.
Know Your Water Main
Your water main is the first access point for water going into your home. When a pipe bursts or a leak gets out of control, it’s important to know how to shut off the water supply. Locate your main shut off valve and know how to properly turn the water off. In an emergency shutting down the water main immediately can help prevent your home from flooding and causing costly damage.
Know Your Fixtures
It’s not always necessary to shut off your water main. Certain fixtures like toilets, sinks, washers, and water heaters normally come with their own shut off valves make sure you know where they are, and how to shut off each one.
Handle Clogs Correctly
At some point, your drains are going to clog, especially in the bathroom. Over time, as we take showers, our hair falls out and it builds up over time. Your first instinct, when confronted with a clog, might be to use one of those liquid drain cleaners. Big mistake. Avoid liquid drain cleaners like the plague. They seem like an easy fix, but the chemicals in liquid cleaners can harm your plumbing. If your sink or tub keeps backing up, get a snake or similar tool that can pull out any debris blocking your pipes. Or try some of these natural tips.
Not everyone’s meant to be a plumber, but everyone should know some of the basics to avoid increasing your plumbing issues and cost. When your plumbing needs professional help, contact us at Solid Plumbing and Heating. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 970-769-5278.