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ABC's of Plumbing | Mr. Rooter

Now that the kids are back in school, it's time to pack up the swimsuits and break out the textbooks. It's no surprise that transitioning from the lazy days of summer to a rigid school schedule is stressful for parents and kids alike. The last thing you need is a plumbing problem to coincide with this stressful back-to-school time.

But if you follow Mr. Rooter's easy ABC's of plumbing, you can get through the school year with lower water bills and fewer plumbing problems. That will earn you a gold-star, A+ for sure.

Let's go back to school...Mr. Rooter style.

A is for automatic water shut-off system. Install to protect your home from plumbing leaks and floods.

B is for bathroom. Put anti-slip mats in the bathroom to prevent injuries.

C is for children. Teach your kids good habits to keep the plumbing flowing smoothly.

D is for drains. Keep a strainer over the sink and shower drains to catch hair and prevent clogs.

E is for efficiency. Every time you run the water, your goals should be to increase efficiency.

F is for faucet. Install aerated faucets in the kitchen and bathroom to conserve water.

G is for garbage disposal. Never put grease or non-food items down the kitchen sink.

H is for hot water heater. Set it to 120 degrees to prevent scalds and save energy.

I is for irrigation. Make sure your sprinklers water the grass, not the sidewalk.

J is for just in time. If you have a plumbing emergency, any delay making a repair could worsen the problem.

K is for kitchen. Save water by not pre-washing dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.

L is for laundry. Wash clothes in cold water and only when the batch is full to save energy.

M is for main water shutoff. Know how to turn off the water to your home in case of a leak.

N is for new water heater regulations. If you replace your water heater, you need to follow new regulations that went into effect earlier this year.

O is for older appliances. Save on your water heating bill by replacing your water heater, washing machine and dishwasher with more efficient models.

P is for pipes. Back to school means the weather will be cooling off soon. Take steps to prevent frozen pipes.

Q is for quality. You can improve your home's drinking water quality by installing a water softener and filter.

R is for roots. Tree roots can damage plumbing, but trenchless pipe repair is an easy way to fix it.

S is for showerheads. Replace old showerheads with low-flow versions to cut back on water consumption.

T is for toilet. Don't flush anything but toilet paper and human waste.

U is for under 5 minutes. Keep your showers short to save some hot water for other family members.

V is for vent. If you have a gas water heater, it needs to vent to the outside without any leaks to ensure your family's safety.

W is for water conservation. Use less water in the kitchen, bathroom and outside to help the environment and save money.

X is for eXperts. Only trust your plumbing repairs to the experts at Mr. Rooter® Plumbing.

Y is for yearly maintenance. Hire a professional to maintain your water heater annually.

Z is for zero. When you choose Mr. Rooter for plumbing repairs, you can expect zero overtime charges and zero mess left behind.

Whether you're suffering from an unexpected plumbing emergency or you want more tips for smooth back to school plumbing, you can count on Mr. Rooter.