When it comes to home plumbing repairs, there are many things most of us are unaware of.
Sometimes, small tips can contribute to big changes that will save us money, time and help us avoid creating major issues ourselves.
Below are some basic, home plumbing tips every homeowner should know.
1. Know where the main water shut-off valve is
Regardless of what issues you may have, you will always need to turn off the water main first, even if you are calling the plumber and not doing the fixtures on your own.
The water main is the main supply line of water to your home, and when it is off, you won’t get any water to your home..
2. You’ll also need to locate individual shut-off valves
Knowing where the individual valves are for shutting off your home’s sinks, toilets, etc. helps for smaller plumbing repairs.
Don’t hide them with furniture or plants or other decorations as this will make it harder for you to locate and shut them off during emergencies.
Additionally, you need to know where you can turn off your hot water heater as well, regardless of what type it is.
3. A picture is worth $1000
If you are remodeling your home, take a picture of your inner walls, floors, and ceilings beforehand.
This way you will always know where the framing, electrical and plumbing lines are and can avoid breaking them during your next plumbing repairs or drilling holes.
4. Not everything is flushable
Do not put anything other than waste into your toilet to prevent creating nasty and expensive clogs.
Same goes for the kitchen sink, don’t dispose any food debris into it if you want to avoid clogging the pipes.