How to Handle and Prevent Plumbing Problems

As Ella Fitzgerald so eloquently put it, “Into each life, some rain must fall.” And in the lives of homeowners, that “rain” might be in the form of plumbing woes. Because, no matter how careful you are, eventually a toilet will clog, a faucet will drip, and a pipe may even burst.

Now, learn how to handle – and even prevent – these and other plumbing problems with a few basic tips and tricks every homeowner should have up their sleeve.

Check for leaks. Conduct routine visual inspections of all plumbing fixtures and pipes. If you notice an unusually high water bill that can’t be blamed on an increase in laundry, baths, or overall water usage, you may have a leak.

Don’t ignore leaks, no matter how small. That annoying little drip from your guest bathroom faucet may not seem like a big deal, but it could be wasting up to 8 gallons of water per day. Fix leaks promptly to prevent them from becoming big and potentially costly problems.

Be careful what you flush. Avoid using your toilet as a trash can and only flush what’s meant to be flushed. That means no hair, Q-Tips, feminine napkins, dental floss, etc. Even so-called flushable wipes can quickly clog a toilet.

Don’t put trash down the drain. Just like a toilet, there are some things that the standard drain is not meant to handle. This includes hair, coffee grounds, food scraps, and FOG (fat, oil, grease). Even if your kitchen is equipped with a garbage disposal, items such as fibrous or starchy food, bones, and FOG are a big no-no.

Know where the shut-off valves are. In addition to familiarizing yourself with the shut-off valves to each sink and toilet, locate and note the main-shut off valve to the house should you ever need to stop the flow of water completely, like in the case of a burst pipe.

Don’t over-tighten fittings. What’s worse than a fitting that’s too loose? One that is too tight and leads to stripped screws and broken bolts.

Use the vacuum. If you’re trying to dislodge a toilet or sink clog caused by a child’s toy, toothbrush, or any other small, hard object, suck it out with a wet-dry vac.Using a plunger will only push the item deeper into the drain.

Still, as we noted above, being careful probably won’t prevent all plumbing problems. So, the next time one arises, Pann Home Services will be here to make it disappear. Contact us now or anytime for service.