No matter what you do, sooner or later your home will have some kind of plumbing problem. Plumbing is a system, and all systems need maintenance – that’s just the way it is. The key, as a homeowner, is to find and fix the small problems before they turn into major disasters. So here are five simple plumbing tips to keep your system sound.
As we enter October, here are some things you can do to keep your plumbing in good shape not just during the winter but all year ’round. These are in no particular order.
1. Watch for leaks and wet spots. Leaks can quickly get worse over time or be an indication of an impending system failure. Pay attention to dripping faucets, toilet seats that don’t feel solid, wetness around appliances or in cabinets. Each of these needs to be fixed, and the sooner you do it, the better!
2. Know how to turn off your water supply. If you can’t find the main shut-off in your home, ask for help. Label it or hang a tag on it so you’ll know what it is in the future. If you need a wrench to turn it, make sure you keep one nearby just for this purpose. There is nothing worse than looking for a tool or a flashlight when water is gushing from a pipe somewhere!
3. Learn how to make small repairs yourself. With a few tools and and a good “how-to” book, you can handle some of life’s simple repairs on your own, and you should! You should stay on top of the little problems to keep your house dry and clean throughout the year. Here’s a blog post about the tools you’ll need to get started.
4. Keep your pipes from freezing in the winter. One of the best ways to safeguard your home is to insulate exposed pipes in places where there’s less heat, such as crawl spaces or in the garage. You can buy insulation at your local hardware store. In the fall, remove your exterior hoses and shut off the water to the outside spigot.
5. Maintain your water softener system. Make sure your unit is regenerating adequately to keep your water soft. Check the brine tank regularly, and always maintain the proper salt level. It’s a good idea to have a couple extra bags around in case a storm leaves you housebound. Here is a handy post about water conditioning problems you’ll want to avoid.
These simple tips will help keep your plumbing trouble-free. But what do you do in an emergency? Well, we think it’s a good idea to have our number handy! That’s why we give away thousands of refrigerator magnets every year when we service a house. Keep one of our magnets by the phone so you’ll have it right at your fingertips. When you call us, we’ll take care of the problem for you!
You can call us during normal business hours at 216-365-0600. Or, call 877-768-7239 for 24-hour emergency service, and we’ll have a technician on the way as quickly as possible.
Remember, when you call The Plumbing Source, you’ve made the RIGHT call!