As a homeowner, there are several features in your home that need constant maintenance and repair, and your plumbing system is one of the most important of those.
Triton is a leader for plumbing repair in London, Ontario, and it’s because we work with our clients to help them get the most out of their home’s infrastructure.
To help you out in understanding how we can work together to make your home’s plumbing last longer, we’ve prepared some tips for you to read, below.
Get As Much Done At A Time As You Can
When you have a trusted plumber programmed in your phone, you know that when something comes up, you can rely on them to get you set back up quickly.
Over time, you’ll also be able to trust that your plumber can take care of any repair job, which means that when you NEED to call your plumber, you’ll also be able to have him handle any other odd plumbing jobs that need his expertise.
Let’s face it, we all leave dripping taps going a little longer than we should, but it’s sometimes better to wait until the plumber is already coming – because you will be billed by the visitas well as for services rendered.
Use A Drain Snake
Two tools you should always have on hand is a plunger – which most people do have – and a drain snake.
A drain snake is far more effective than chemical drain cleaners, which can damage your pipes on top of being horrible for the environment.
Your local plumbing or hardware store will carry a drain snake, and they are quite simple to use – you simply feed the snake part down the drain, then use the auger to physically break up the clog so it can be washed away.
Drain snakes are a simple and inexpensive fix that will save you having to call in the experts until you truly need their expertise.
Don’t Flush Anything Down The Toilet You Shouldn’t
Check out our blog for more information about toilet clogs and how to avoid them, but as a quick recap: don’t use your toilet as a garbage can.
The plumbing in your toilet was not designed to flush angled pieces like cotton tips, or mats of hair discarded from a brush; these get stuck in – or entangled in – the plumbing, which can cause human waste to be trapped, collected and ultimately cause a toilet backup.
One of the worst offenders are baby wipes, which you may think belong in the toilet; however, they are not designed to break up easily and decompose quickly enough, and are therefore recurring culprits in toilet overflows.
Not only are toilet clogs messy to clean up, but the process of working through these clogs can be bad for your pipes, requiring removal and replacement.
Prevent Clogged Drains
Similar to toilets, you will want to pay attention to what you’re rinsing down your drains so that you don’t inadvertently clog them.
Grease and food particles will often get lodged together along the sides of pipes, slowly building up until the drain will barely pass water.
Plumbers can certainly unclog your drains for you, even when you haven’t managed to with your drain snake, but you won’t want to call a plumber every time when you can avoid the clog altogether.
However, the more often you avoid a clogged drain, the more it offsets the savings you get from having regular checkups and having a plumber clean them out before they get too much to manage.
Know The Basics
If you know your way around your own plumbing, then you’ll know how to describe the issue to your plumber so they can come best prepared.
In fact, wherever possible, you can save time and money by pre-purchasing any supplies and having them waiting for your plumber’s arrival.
It is standard for plumbers to charge a premium if they have to bring their own supplies, or if they have to leave a job in order to pick up new parts, so it’s a great way to save yourself on the costs of labour, making it more affordable to have regular plumbing health-checks.
Be Ready For Emergencies
Your friendly neighbourhood plumber can educate you on how to be best prepared for emergencies, so feel free to ask us when we are in your home completing a repair.
Whether you need help locating your backwater valve, or if you want to learn more about how to care for your pipes during the freezing season; or perhaps you need to learn how to tighten a faucet on your own – these are all things that we could help you with.
We are always happy to educate customers, because it helps homeowners understand when there may be a larger problem that needs our attention, and hopefully before it becomes an insurance claim.
Call Triton Plumbing & Service
At Triton Plumbing & Service, we consider ourselves partners in keeping your home’s plumbing healthy, and we’re happy to work with you to develop a maintenance schedule that suits your home’s needs.
Having a reliable plumber can ease your mind, because you know that someone you trust is only a call away.
Call now to arrange to meet with one of our licensed plumbers, and let us help you get the most value out of your home’s plumbing.