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Plumbing Maintenance 101

Posted a few years ago by John Morrison - No Comments

Plumbing has been around for a very long time. First made popular in early Roman cities, plumbing brought water and removed waste almost the same way then as our systems work today. Although nowadays, we use more modern materials and have a standard practicing code for licensed plumbers. Even with all of the centuries of plumbing knowledge behind us, as a homeowner it can still be tough to know what do you do when your plumbing starts to leak or your toilet starts to back up. Don’t panic! Use the following tips and techniques for dealing with plumbing and plumbing emergencies and you’ll be one step ahead of the ball.

Know What to Do
The most important thing to know about your plumbing is knowing where are all of the shut off valves are located. How do you turn off the water if a plumbing pipe bursts and water is going everywhere? Locate the water shutoff valve while the water works fine and you’ll prevent an emergency situation later on down the road.

Know Where to Go
You’ll also want to locate the sewer valve or septic tank service opening is located. If the sewage system gets backed up and you need to call in the plumber or septic tank service, you’ll be able to quickly show them where everything is located so they don’t have to spend expensive labor time and dollars looking for your sewer valves.

Know What to Look For
You’ll need to keep a continual eye on your plumbing parts. Any signs of a leak may mean there’s already big trouble. Keep your eyes peeled for damp cabinets under sinks, rocking toilets, puddles under refrigerators or drippy faucets indoors.Outdoors, look for sinkholes and soft sagging ground as these are all signs that you have an underground water leak.

Know When to Make the Repairs
At the first sign of trouble, it’s really important to make the repairs. Don’t wait until problems get worse. Turn off the water, inspect the suspect area and make the repair. If you’re unable, it’s important to call a professional plumber right away to fix the trouble before you also have to pay a water damage repair bill too.

Know How to Keep the Safe
One of the easiest ways to keep your plumbing system well maintained is by keeping your plumbing pipes safe from freezing temperatures during the winter. It’s extremely important to keep open pipes in crawlspaces, under kitchen cabinets and in basements well insulated against the cold. For those homeowners with a yard sprinkler system, before the cold of winter strikes it’s a good idea to open the relief valve and blow compressed air throughout the system to purge it free from any remaining water that can freeze and damage pipes.

Know Why It Clogs Up
Grease of any sorts can clog a drain for good. Hair, cotton swabs, cardboard and other non-biodegradable materials can clog a septic tank or sewer line for good. Avoid using a garbage disposal as well. Flush your drains each week with boiling water to help keep them free and clear of greasy clogs.

John Morrison - Author Biography

I have over 25 years experience in this industry. I have worked with general contracting work which includes electrical, plumbing, and kitchen/bathroom remodeling work. I hope to help others with their home improvement DIY needs.

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