New Year, Better Plumbing: Improve Your Home’s Plumbing in 2023

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Steps Homeowners Can Take to Improve Their Plumbing & Drains

With the new year right around the corner, now is the time to start reflecting on your past year and thinking about possible resolutions and fresh starts for the upcoming one.

To us, one of the most overlooked resolutions is taking better care of your plumbing, which can easily be done with some planning and a residential plumbing service provider!

Not only to maintain the comfort, safety, and convenience of your living space and avoid the headaches that come along with cold showers and leaky faucets but also to save yourself some time and money in the process.

To help you succeed at your New Year's resolution of improving your drains and plumbing in 2023, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Yavapai, Coconino, and Maricopa Counties has gathered some top tips that any homeowner can use:

1. Inspect Your Plumbing Fixtures

Start by inspecting all your plumbing fixtures and appliances, such as faucets, showers, toilets, and sinks. Not only do you want to look for signs of wear and tear or damage, like rust/corrosion, discoloration, water stains, or leaking faucets, but you also want to check for any signs of clogs, including slow draining water or foul odors.

As soon as you spot anything amiss, call a plumber to take a closer look for you!

2. Replace Plumbing Fixtures & Appliances

If any of your water fixtures and water-using appliances are outdated or damaged, consider replacing them with newer models. This will help you reduce water waste, increase energy efficiency, and be happier with your plumbing system. A plumbing inspection can help you get professional advice on what should and should not be replaced in your home.

Consider replacing your:

  • Water heater
  • Shower heads
  • Toilets
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Old plumbing lines

3. Get Plumbing Repairs Done ASAP

There's no better time than the present to get things done, which certainly applies to plumbing repairs. Not only will calling a plumber help you avoid costly water damage and plumbing headaches, but they’ll be able to identify other potential problems early on, helping you avoid even more issues in the future.

4. Don't Ignore the Little Things

One of the biggest resolutions you can make for your plumbing system is to not ignore the little things. Why? Because even though the slow-moving drain, leak, or other plumbing problem seems harmless at first, it will only grow with time - leading to more issues within your system and likely damage to your space.

Get plumbing repairs scheduled for any home plumbing issues:

  • Leaky Faucets – They can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year.
  • Not Hot Water – This could mean your water heater needs repairs or a replacement.
  • Clogged Drains – These can prevent proper draining, leading to flooding and possible backups.
  • Low Water Pressure – This could mean a line repair or replacement may be necessary.

5. Know What Can & Cannot Go Down Your Drains

To keep your plumbing flowing the way it should, it's important to know what can and cannot go down your drains. Certain items should never be thrown in the garbage disposal, forced down your drains, or flushed.

What not to send down your home’s drains:

  • Cooking grease, oils, and fat
  • Fibrous materials
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Paper towels
  • Cotton swabs
  • Diapers
  • Sanitary napkins

Not only can the above items get lodged in your drainage pipe, causing blockages and backups, but the residue and organic matter left behind can also attract pests, leading to an infestation of fruit flies and gnats.

Regarding what can go down your drains, stick to what comes from your body, water, soap, and small food particles.

6. Schedule Regular Plumbing Maintenance

The best way to ensure your plumbing is in tip-top shape year-round is by scheduling regular maintenance with a licensed plumber. A professional plumber can identify any potential issues before they become major problems. They can also inspect and repair your plumbing fixtures, ensuring everything is efficient.

Plumbing maintenance recommended for all homeowners:

  • Plumbing inspection
  • Drain cleaning
  • Garbage disposal maintenance
  • Water heater inspection and flushing
  • Septic tank cleaning and inspections
  • Sump pump inspection, testing, and repairs
  • Backflow prevention testing and repair
  • Pipe replacements or repairs
  • Leak detection for hidden issues

These services should all be done regularly to ensure the longevity of your system and the comfort of your family.

7. Have a Plumber on Standby for Plumbing Emergencies

Most plumbing issues require immediate attention, so it's important to have a go-to plumbing company you can trust.

Even if you don't implement anything else into your New Year, New Me plan for 2023, we hope you'll at least prioritize finding a quality local plumber on call for plumbing emergencies. They should offer 24/7 services and be certified professionals.

Lucky for you, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Yavapai, Coconino, and Maricopa Counties has been providing quality plumbing services in the area for years, and we're always ready to help at a moment's notice!

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Yavapai, Coconino, and Maricopa Counties Wants to Help You Enjoy Better Plumbing in 2023

With this list of plumbing tips and Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Yavapai, Coconino, and Maricopa Counties' qualified plumbers, you'll be well on your way to experiencing better plumbing in 2023!

Don't hesitate to call us if you have any questions or need help with your plumbing. We look forward to working with you and wish you a happy, healthy New Year!

Reach out anytime 24/7 to request your FREE estimate and learn more about our plumbing services throughout the Yavapai, Coconino, and Maricopa Counties!