Plumbing tips every homeowner should know
Whether you just bought your first house, or you’re an experienced homeowner with a few properties under their sleeve, there are some plumbing tips you should know.
Problems with your plumbing system are bound to occur at some point, and knowing what to do can be crucial in preventing damage to your property. There are numerous plumbing tips for homeowners out there since everyone has had to deal with a plumbing issue at some point in their life.
To make it easier for you, we asked our expert plumbers to choose the plumbing tips for homeowners, which they deem most useful.
Best plumbing tips for homeowners
Know where your water shut off valve is
Knowing where your mains water shut-off valve, also known as stopcock is located could literally save you thousands. In the event of a burst pipe or a major leak, turning off the valve will stop the water supply to your house, and minimize the damages to your property.
It is normally located in the cupboard under the sink or maybe in the basement. If you can’t find it, a good idea is to ask your neighbors, as similar properties normally have it at the same place. And you can use the time to make some new friends as well!
Clean your shower drain
We know it’s one of these gross jobs, and we know it takes time, and who even wants to do it, just after they’ve taken a refreshing shower? But a build-up of hair can cause a serious blockage in your drain, and you’ll end up paying for something you could have avoided. Make a habit of de-clogging the shower and bath drains from hair after every use, and pour a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and cider vinegar down the drain every few months.
If you still end up with clogged drains, you might need to call a drainage expert. They’ll not only unblock your drain but give you some advice on how to avoid the next visit.
Don’t throw grease down the sink
Grease and oils solidify when in contact with cold water and can clog the pipes causing an enormous amount of damage. Instead, pour the hot oil and grease from your roasting and frying pans into a designated container and discard it in the regular bin. Great way to further use leftover plastic containers.
Spot a leaking toilet
A leaking toilet can add pounds to your water bill. An easy way to check for leaks is to put a drop or two of food coloring in the toilet tank. If you notice the water in your toilet bowl has changed color in the next half an hour – you have a leak.
Your appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines need regular hose replacement. A worn-off hose can break and cause damage to your property. We recommend replacing hoses every 3-5 years.
Clean your faucets and shower
We bet you didn’t know that! The mineral build-up is an issue for showerheads and faucets but one that can be easily avoided. A good preventative measure is to fill a small bag with vinegar and tie it around the faucet or showerhead overnight. In the morning you can just scrub off the build-up. Problem solved!
Prepare for the winter
This is one of the essential plumbing tips for homeowners with their own gardens. When temperatures start going down (mid-October to mid-November) make sure to disconnect your garden hoses from the outdoor tap. Drain the hoses, and put them away for winter, and make sure to drain the tap, and turn it off as well. Any water left in the pipes can freeze, expand and cause damage to your plumbing system.
Think about a Plumbing and Drainage cover
If you’re not confident in your DIY skills and don’t have the time and money to throw at last-minute repairs, a Plumbing and Drainage home cover plan can be perfect for you. This way you’ll know an expert plumbing engineer can be on the way as soon as needed.
Keep a plumber’s number handy
Even if you don’t have a home cover plan, it is still worthy to have a number at hand when you need emergency professional repair.