Being a homeowner comes with the responsibility to keep your home in tip-top shape. This means more than just cleanliness, though. There are some basic plumbing tasks and responsibilities that every homeowner should know. Here are 7 of the top ones to keep in mind.
1 – Know where to find your water main
Your water main is the place where you can turn on or off the water. This is one of those things that you should know almost as soon as you move into your home so that you don’t have to go frantically running around trying to find it when you have a water leak.
2 – Don’t block the water supply valves or other access points
When it comes to those important water supply or water main lines, make sure that you don’t block access to them. In an event where you need to turn off the water as soon as possible, you don’t want to have to be moving furniture, reaching around coat racks or fumbling through bottles of cleaning solution, etc.
3 – Soak your tap or shower head in vinegar to improve water flow
Before throwing out the shower head or tap set that is running slowly, try soaking it in vinegar. A lot of times there are calcium builds-ups and other minerals that create a blockage. This will clear it just about good as new! Then, if necessary, replace it and that might help lessen your water waste in the long run.
4 – Embrace plumber’s tape
From a leaky shower head to a dripping s trap, plumber’s tape is going to be handy to make sure that your joints and fittings stay watertight when you are switching them out for a new one. Don’t be stingy either, it will make a difference.
5 – There is no one size fits all plunger
Your toilet plunger will not work for your sink or your bathtub, and vice versa. If you have a sink clog, you’ll want to buy a sink-sized plunger to free it as best you can.
6 – Skip the bath for a shower
If you want to help keep your water usage down, always go for a shower. Even with a few extra minutes to ease tension in the muscles, it’s still better water consumption than running a bath.
7 – Eggshells make great cleansing agents for garbage disposals
If you want to clear out your garbage disposal. Try crumbling some eggshells into it. It’s a great way to re-purpose something that often is thrown out and it will be a great first step to other cleaning options.
Basic plumbing tips are great, but for anything that you aren’t sure about — such as a leaky faucet or a serious clog — call us in with our red-carpet service and allow us to take a close, professionally trained look at your plumbing issue. While doing things yourself is a great start, don’t be afraid to call in the pros when you need them!
By keeping these 7 things in mind, you’ll be in a much better place to take proper care of your home, even if it’s in those little details that you may never have thought about before. They all matter in the end!
Contact Creekside Plumbing & Construction in League City at (281) 332-7767 with questions about your residential plumbing needs.