Being a homeowner comes with a lot of challenges you may not have thought about. Your plumbing system is one that, with a little planning and awareness, doesn’t have to sneak up on you or surprise you with unexpected issues.
We’ve put together some common things that homeowners should be thinking about when it comes to their plumbing so they can stay on top of issues and avoid unnecessary repairs. We hope you find it helpful!
- Have a Shut Off Key Handy – Your water main is controlled with a shut-off key. There are tools around your house that can work in a pinch, but if you are faced with a pipe burst, you want to be able to grab the right tool at the exact right moment. Most home improvement stores (Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.) will have these very affordably. Store it somewhere you can quickly grab it to shut off the water at the street.
- Perform a Routine Leak Check – Because plumbing is meant to be hidden, you may not look at the pipes in your normal routine. Every six months or so, do a walkthrough and check under sinks, behind toilets, and around your water heater to make sure there are no leaks or damage. If there is a small leak, it will likely be in a dark, inconspicuous place, which can lead to long-term water damage or mold.
- Pay Attention to Your Toilet – If your toilet rocks side to side or has moisture build up around the base, it is better to correct the issue earlier rather than later. Also, mistaking what items can and cannot be flushed can be a costly error. See our full list of common items that are flushed that should never be [link to other blog].
- Watch Your Water Usage – This is true not only for efficiency and cost savings but if your plumbing is run through your slab, a leak can happen suddenly and not be evident at first, except in your water usage. Even a pin-sized hole in a copper pipe in your slab can mean countless thousands of gallons of water wasted.
- Consider How You Plunge – Most people think of a plunger when their toilet is clogged, but don’t understand the dynamics of how a plunger works best. It’s actually on the draw backward – not the plunge down – that the plunger gets the most force to dislodge an obstruction. Seat the plunger firmly, and gently press down so all the air is out, then firmly pull back. This not only means less splashing, but it draws any obstruction backward in the pipe, rather than forcing it harder into whatever was obstructing it. #TheMoreYouKnow.
While there are many preventative plumbing items that homeowners are skilled enough to handle on their own, the reality is that plumbing is expensive to get wrong. J.W. Freeman Plumbing is Gainesville’s most trusted name in residential plumbing, with refreshingly honest service. If you don’t need a repair, we don’t sell it to you. We specialize in providing the most honest and straightforward plumbing service you’ve ever experienced.