Plumbing Tips For Homeowners

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Plumbing Tips For Homeowners

Homeowners, whether new or experience, need to know some basic information about the plumbing in their home.  We have put together this list of some plumbing tips for homeowners.

Plumbing Tips For Homeowners

Location Of Shut Off Valve

All home owners need to know where the water shut off valve is located.  If there is a leak in the home or if work needs to be done, it’s important to know where the shut-off for the water is.  You may find the main water shut off valve in the basement or crawl space below your house. The main shut off valve will shut off the water within the whole house.

Pipe Punctures

Any punctures to your pipes can be a very expensive situation.

First of all, if you are going to nail or drill into any wall, make sure you know if there are any pipes in that wall.  You can find if there are pipes in the wall with a stud finder as a basic option.  This cannot be 100% accurate.

A better option is an endoscopic camera which can be snaked into the walls to provide you with better information.

What Is Flushable

A clogged toilet is horrible.  The thought of an overflowing toilet is sure to make even the calmest person cringe.  Not only can items flushed clog your toilet, it also can clog the pipes further down the system and cause issues for the city pipes. Most toilet clogs are due to items that are put in by us.

Items that are not flushable include:

  • Expired medications
  • Cooking grease
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton Balls
  • Paper towels
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Dental floss
  • Diapers
  • Cigarette butts

How To Use A Plunger

If your toilet’s overflowing or your sink’s clogged, it’s time to use a plunger. Most of the time, a clog can be cleared with just a couple of thrusts of a plunger.

If you are not aware on the usage of a plunger there are many resources that you can use to bring you up to speed.

Leaks Are Not To Be Ignored

A consistent drip from a tap is not just annoying, it is a warning as well as a waste of money.  On average a leaking faucet can waste about 8 gallons of water each day.

Do not ignore any leak, it will cost you more in the long run if you delay any repair or calling a plumber.

Embrace A Strainer

A drain strainer in your sink and tub is one of the best ways to stop clogged pipes.  The best thing is that it is also one of the cheapest ways to stop clogs.

You will appreciate the 2 minutes a week to clean the strainer compared to what could be hours and hundreds of dollars if you have a severe drain clog.

Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners can cause more damage to your pipes than the clog can. To ensure that your pipes will become unclogged safely and efficiently, call us at Highmark today.

When To Call In The Professionals

There are plumbing tasks that a homeowner can do themselves. There are also many projects that require a professional. Before taking on a plumbing project, it is a good idea to know what is safe to do and what is not.

We Are Here For You!

If you have any questions call the professionals at Highmark Plumbing and we will be happy to answer them for you. For any heating or plumbing issues visit our sister websites Highmark Heating or Highmark Electrical