1. Know where your main water shut off is.
Plumbing isn’t one of the things that you actively learn about, but it is important to know where your main water valve is and what to do if there is an issue. If you have pipes burst, turning off your main water valve will help minimize the damage until we can get there to help. If you don’t know where it is, you’re going to spend a lot of time scrambling while your home sustains significant water damage. It can also be helpful to know where your outside shut off is located if you are on town water, this can save valuable time and money in case of an emergency.
2. Turn valves on and off at least once a year.
Turning all your valves, sinks, toilets and otherwise off and on at least once a year, will make sure they are operating properly when you need them to. You don’t want to find out they don’t work when you have to turn them off.
3. Flush a bucket of hot water and dish soap down the drain once a year.
A bucket of hot water with an ounce of dish soap down the furthest toilet once a year can help to keep your pipes clean, and help to reduce clogs. An ounce of prevention is worth its weight in gold.
4. Never pour grease or oil down any drain.
The grease and oil will build up. You won’t notice it at first – you’ll think it’s totally fine, and that as a liquid, down the sink is where it should go. But little by little that grease and oil will clog your pipes and leave you with some serious plumbing problems. Even if you chase it with hot water, the water will move faster than the oil or grease and this will only make the problem worse.
Think about your pipes before pouring that cooking liquid down the drain, and opt for a safer disposal option. For example, wait for fat to solidify before throwing it in your compost bin.
5. Avoid chemical drain cleaners.
Chemical drain cleaners are straight up awful when it comes to the health and wellbeing of your plumbing. People tend to go for them because they are advertised as immediately effective, but they can do more damage in the long run. And can be very dangerous for your plumber if we have to open that drain up.
If you need something to help rid yourself of a pesky clog, look for natural ways to clear those drains. Once you clear up those clogs, keep them away by using hot water and soap every few months to keep them clean.
6. Check your toilet for leaks in the tank.
Toilet leaks can be a real pain, and really expensive, but if you catch them early they’ll be more manageable and could save you some more serious plumbing problems down the road.
One of the places you’ll likely find a leak is in your toilet’s flush valve seal. The flush valve seal is what keeps water from flowing from the tank to the bowl of your toilet when it isn’t in flushing mode. Catching a leak in your flush valve seal early requires a simple test: food colouring.
No, you didn’t misread that. All it takes is a couple of drops of food colouring in your toilet tank. Check back in a few hours. If some of the coloured water has found its way into your toilet bowl, that means you have a leak.
7. Have your sink traps cleaned yearly.
This can be one of the less desirable maintenance chores but keeping those p-traps cleaned out will help to prevent future clogs from forming.
8. Don’t be afraid to use water.
We never want to waste water. At the same time, we can’t be afraid to use water. When your washing your hands or brushing your teeth for example, remember that the soap and toothpaste are thicker than water. Leave the taps on for a few more seconds to allow these to go down the drain. Otherwise, over time these can solidify and plug your drain up.
9. Prolong the life of your faucets.
How many times have we been terrified to hear that drip, drip, drip of the faucet, so we make sure the taps are turned off as tight as they can go?
This is actually bad for your tap’s seal; it wears it out more quickly because of the increased pressure it is experiencing every time it is turned too tight. Think of it like a pencil; the more pressure you put on it, the more worn down it gets.
To avoid this, turn the tap until you feel the natural stopping point; don’t force it closed. Like the pencil, you want to apply the amount of pressure that is just right.
10. Make Sure Your Main Sewer Drain Is Accessible.
While your plumbing is normally out of sight, it is important that your main sewer drain is always free and clear. This is because in case of a sewage line blockage, we need to be able to move quickly and efficiently.
Your drain access point should be uncovered (that means no rugs or carpeting) and easy to get to – no maze of holiday decorations or old children’s toys to contend with.
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