Some parts of plumbing are best left up to the professionals. However, at times it pays to have some practical household knowledge. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure sometimes when it comes to plumbing issues. Here are 10 practical pieces of plumbing advice for every homeowner or renter.
One: Invest in a Great Plunger
You should ideally have a high-quality plunger on hand. Everyone deals with clogged toilets from time to time. Don’t be caught with an overflowing commode unprepared. Ideally, you will also have a plunger that can be used for the sinks and drains to avoid getting toilet germs where you don’t want them. This plunger is ideally smaller for the smaller openings. You can also invest in a drain plunger or a clog-pulling tool.
Two: Don’t Ignore Leaks
That leaky sink may not be driving you crazy yet, or maybe you hardly notice that toilet that keeps on running. However, a leaky sink can waste tens of gallons over a few days, while a running toilet can waste of 200 gallons of water per day. It pays to call a plumber before you’re hit with a massive water bill.
Three: Check for Leaks Regularly
Don’t have an “out of sight out of mind” policy for potentially leaky sinks. Every time you go under a sink into a cabinet, inspect it for dampness or visible water.
Four: Keep Plumber’s Tape Around
If you do have a leak and can’t hire a plumber right away, use plumber's tape. Additionally, it is ideal to shore up a new fixture, like a replacement PVC or a new shower head.
Five: Learn What Not to Flush
Particularly if you live in an older home, take note that it is completely inadvisable to ever flush feminine products, paper towels, or baby wipes. Even some “flushable” wipes are bad news for your pipes. It will only make things more difficult down the road.
If you need plumbing help in Tacoma, WA, contact Mr. Rooter. We have decades of experience and are dedicated to finding a fast solution to your problem.