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:
- Think before you flush. Your toilet isn’t a wastebasket – reserve it for toilet paper and . Even “flushable” wipes can cause problems.
- 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.
- Insulate your pipes. Insulating your pipes is a cheap, quick, easy job that can prevent costly bursts.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stay away from exposed pipes. If you have exposed plumbing anywhere in your house, do not pull on or hang from the pipes.
- 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.
- Fix leaks as soon as possible. That little problem can become a big problem if left unaddressed.