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10 Helpful Tips to Avoid Plumbing Emergencies

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They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to your home’s plumbing system, we tend to agree!

Follow these ten tips from the experts at Patterson Plumbing to stop plumbing problems before they start:

  1. Think before you flush. Your toilet isn’t a wastebasket – reserve it for toilet paper and . Even “flushable” wipes can cause problems.
  2. Always keep your thermostat on at least 65° F. Always keep your heat on during the winter to avoid frozen pipes, even if you are going away on vacation.
  3. Insulate your pipes. Insulating your pipes is a cheap, quick, easy job that can prevent costly bursts.
  4. Don’t pour grease down the drain. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in the kitchen. Grease solidifies when it cools down, which can cause major backups in your plumbing system.
  5. Be mindful of your garbage disposal. Your garbage disposal is powerful, but it’s not invincible. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you avoid clogs and breakdowns.
  6. Inspect your supply lines. Every few months, take a close look at the supply lines for your washing machine, dishwasher, and ice maker. If any of the tubing is deteriorating, replace it immediately.
  7. Flush your hot water heater. Over time, your hot water tank accumulates sediment which can reduce efficiency and lead to breakdowns. Flush your water heater once per year to fix this problem before it starts.
  8. Stay away from exposed pipes. If you have exposed plumbing anywhere in your house, do not pull on or hang from the pipes.
  9. Be aware of your shut off valves. Know where all of your water shutoff valves are. In the event of an emergency, you will want to get to these valves as quickly as possible.
  10. Fix leaks as soon as possible. That little problem can become a big problem if left unaddressed.

Patterson Plumbing & Heating provides same-day plumbing repairs to Pueblo and Canon City, Colorado. Contact us online to get started, or call (719) 544-4922.

Preventative Maintenance Tips for Your Home’s Plumbing System

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to your plumbing system. Use these tips from Patterson Plumbing to keep the drains and pipes in your home running like new.

Sinks

  • Don’t pour grease down your drains. Grease and cooking oils solidify as they go down the drain, causing clogs and backups.

  • Prevent over-tightening sink handles. Tightening valves is not a test of strength – sometimes turning that wrench too tight can cause leaks, rather than preventing them.

Toilet

  • Think before you flush. Your toilet isn’t a wastebasket, don’t use it like one. The only household item that can safely be flushed down the drain is toilet paper.

  • Test your toilet for leaks. Put a couple drops of red food dye in your toilet’s tank and let it sit for a few hours. If any red appears in the bowl, you have a leak on your hands.

Bathtub

  • Clean your shower head with vinegar. Water pressure can be affected when your shower head is clogged with sediment. Clean it every few months by filling a sandwich bag with vinegar, tying it around your shower head, and letting it sit overnight.

  • Use drain screens. Mesh drain screens can be purchased for as little as $2 and do wonders in preventing clogs.

Everything Else

  • Avoid using drain cleaner. Take care of clogs using a plunger, plumbing snake, or homemade baking soda solution. Commercial drain cleaners are harmful to your health, as well as the health of your pipes.

  • Routinely inspect supply hoses. Washing machine and ice maker hoses should be periodically checked. If you notice a small leak or tear, replace it immediately before it completely bursts.

Looking for more preventative maintenance tips for your plumbing system? Check out this article from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.

Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, problems can still occur. If you run into any issues with your home plumbing system, the experts at Patterson Plumbing area just a phone call away. We offer professional plumbing services to homes and businesses in Pueblo County, Colorado. If you live in the Pueblo area and are in need of a professional plumber, contact us online or call us at (719) 544-4922.