Your home is your castle, and its primary systems should be kept functioning at their highest levels. Your plumbing system may be easily overlooked, with many components behind walls and under floors and cabinetry. That said, a clogged main line or a broken pipe is a nightmare in the making that can be avoided by showing your plumbing some love — something everyone can afford to do.
Keeping Your Plumbing Healthy
Check for Leaks
Keep an eye out for leaks seems like a no-brainer, but here are some blatant signs:
- A musty odor
- Collecting water
Even if you don’t notice anything out of the ordinary, periodically check these spots in your home:
- Kitchen and bathroom faucet handles
- Pipe valves and fittings
Respect Your Drains
Be careful with what you put down your sink, tub, shower drain, or the toilet. Any homeowner with running water and a septic system has faced a clogged kitchen or bathroom sink and has likely used a plunger. Common sense helps when avoiding clogs — oil, grease, fruit and vegetable peels, hair, or too much toilet paper can be problematic if they go down any drain. If your kitchen sink has a garbage disposal, help it do its job by turning on the water before, during, and 10 to 15 seconds after use to rinse the debris.
Tis the Season
Here in Pennsylvania, winter weather can wreak havoc on your plumbing. Most attention should go to your home’s outdoor areas (e.g., draining the lines, disconnecting hoses, and shutting off the water to outdoor spigots) and exposed spaces without insulation (e.g., insulating pipes in garages and basements).
Have a Trusted Plumber on Hand
Despite your loving ways, things can still go wrong. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central PA has been assisting homeowners with their plumbing issues for decades, and our expertise is unmatched! To learn more, give us a call at (717) 516-2673 or fill out our form!