How often do you think about your plumbing?
Is it just something that is part of your everyday life?
Or do you forget about it – until something needs to be repaired or replaced?
Are you aware of how the small decisions you make every day can affect your pipes, taps, and other fixtures?
Are you setting yourself up for needing new plumbing installs before they’re really necessary?
Repairing, fixing, or even replacing pipes or fixtures can be costly and time consuming, so why not look at some ways to keep your pipes in tip-top shape and avoid the costs associated with clogged pipes, broken seals, and other issues.
Last week, we wrote about five quick and simple plumbing tips you can use to keep your plumbing running smoothly. Here are five more.
1. Don’t Pour Grease Or Oil Down The Drain
What do you do with your cooking oil and grease when you’re done making your famous fried chicken for dinner?
If you said you’re pouring it down the drain, you’re asking for trouble down the road.
Little by little, grease and oil which are poured down the drain will build up, and eventually clog your pipes.
Depending on the type of cooking oil or grease you may actually be able to re-use it, otherwise allow the grease to solidify and add it to your compost bin.
2. Use A Strainer To Protect Your Drains
Have you ever noticed the drain in your bathroom can slow down over time?
You haven’t poured any cooking grease down the drain (at least I hope not!), so what’s the deal?
Over time soap residue and hair can collect in the drain causing a clog, even if you don’t realize it.
Using a simple basket strainer in your drain will help to stop this drain from getting clogged, and will save you the time of having to unclog it in the future – this is especially valuable advice if you have anyone with long hair in your home.
3. Find Out Where Your Main Water Valve Is
Do you know where the water shut-off valve in your house, apartment, or condo is?
Do you know why knowing this is important?
If you ever have a pipe burst in your home shutting off the main water valve will help to minimize the damage – and you don’t want to be frantically looking for it while you have water gushing all over the place.
4. Get Separate Shut Off Valves For Each Plumbing Fixture
So now that you know where your main water shut-off valve is, why do you also want a separate valve for each fixture?
Let’s say you need to replace your dishwasher.
Are you ready to have the water to your entire home shut off while the new unit is installed?
And now you can’t use your bathroom.
Being able to select where you have water and where you don’t can be very useful.
Let that “sink” in.
5. Don’t Crank Your Taps Shut
Do you turn your taps as tight as possible, in the worry they’ll drip if you don’t?
This can actually be counterproductive as it will wear out your taps seal faster than they would normally.
Instead, turn the tap until it stops naturally – don’t force it.
Apply just the right amount of pressure to stop it from running, but not enough to risk damage to the seal.
Contact Triton Plumbing & Service
Are you worried about clogged drains?
Do you want to install new shut-off valves so that you can use continue to use the bathroom even with the water in the kitchen turned off?
Does something in your kitchen or bathroom require repair or replacing?
Maybe you’ve been turning your taps too tightly and are worried about the seal.
Whatever your issue, Triton Plumbing & Service can help – call us today to discuss your options.