- In case of emergencies, it’s important to know how to shut off your main water
- Keep track of how old your home’s pipes and fixtures are
- There will be some plumbing problems that are best handled by a professional
It’s important to take care of your home plumbing. Some people are better than others at maintaining their home plumbing. However, anyone can be a plumbing superstar if they learn how to take care of their plumbing, commit to a regular maintenance schedule, and be prepared for emergencies. If you live in Salt Lake City or Park City, you might really benefit from learning the ins and outs of your home’s plumbing.
Here are somethings you should learn to do to be considered a competent home-plumber:
Shut Off the Main Water
In case of emergencies, it’s important to know how to shut off your main water. The water main is typically found in the basement or outside near the utility box. When you turn off the water main, water stops flowing to the water fixtures in your home.
Know what to put down your garbage disposal and what not to put down there. Avoid putting fatty waste and grease down the disposal as it can create blockages. You should also refrain from disposing of rice, coffee grounds, and other materials such as potato peels, which can clog the pipes.
Hidden leaks can lead to high water bills. As soon as you notice a leak, fix it or call a professional plumber to help you fix it. It’s also important to regularly check on areas that may be more prone to leaks.
Make sure you clean out your sump pump on a regular basis. Rinse it out to keep it working properly.
Pipes and Fixtures
Keep track of how old your home’s pipes and fixtures are. Knowing how old your water heater, toilets, faucets, pipes, and other water fixtures are can save you a lot of trouble in the future. You can anticipate when something may need to be replaced.
Tools You Should Keep on Hand
To be considered a handy home-owner, make sure you have some common and useful plumbing-related tools, such as a hacksaw, an auger, cup and flange plungers, and crescent and pipe wrenches. These tools will help you in case of a plumbing emergency.
Know the Number of Professional Plumber
There will be some plumbing problems that are best handled by a professional. In these cases, it’s great if you already have a number of a trusty, professional plumber on hand.