Many homeowners don’t bother to learn much about the plumbing systems in their homes because they know they can call a plumbing professional to come help them repair. This is not necessarily a good thing though, because every homeowner should have a general understanding of the plumbing systems in their home and how they work. Here are a few tips to help you learn about your plumbing system and know when something is wrong before it escalates to something worse.
– Know where your main water shut off is located, and keep it accessible at all times. It is a good idea to close and open it a couple times a year to keep it in good working order. (Remember to always have the faucet running while you do this).
– Listen to your water heater. When a gas heater starts to crackle and pop, this is a sign of scale build up. When there is scale build up, it will decrease the efficiency of the water heater and will decrease the amount of hot water you are receiving.
– Watch for “ripples” in the water. If you ever see ripples of water running down the sides of your toilet bowl or constant water going throughout the bowl you are obviously losing water, and that means that your money is just going down the drain
– A small drip from the faucet can be fixed easily and inexpensively. If you do nothing about the leak when you spot it, it will be more costly to fix in the long run, and you may need to hire a plumber to come fix it.
– Buy a shop (wet dry) vacuum. This is one of the best tools you can have. It is a great tool for water cleanup, drain cleaning, tub cleaning, etc.
– Try to avoid buying items that are a “universal fit”. When those words are included on a product, it usually means that the product will work poorly in a plumbing situation.
– When it becomes cold outside, disconnect all hoses from the outside faucets. Keeping them connected can lead to frozen hoses and pipes during the winter, and this can become costly if a plumber is not called in time.
These are just a couple tips to help you learn about your plumbing systems and how to know when something is out of the ordinary. When you have excessive damage to any of your plumbing systems, it is always a good idea to call in a professional to help you repair these issues.