It’s not easy to have a thorough understanding of plumbing within your household, but going through these signs will help improve your personal expertise!
Taking good care of your residential plumbing requires a lot, but there are three things that stand out the most when it comes to household plumbing expertise, including:
This includes understanding the necessary knowledge that is needed to properly take care of basic plumbing tasks in a DIY way, initiating many different routine maintenance steps on a regular basis to help extend the overall longevity of your home’s plumbing fixtures, and always making the necessary preparations to have what you’ll need just in case of any kind of plumbing emergency.
In this article we’re going to go over 7 signs that indicate that you and your household are plumbing superstars, but if you go through this list and think my house doesn’t do enough of these signs then there’s no need to worry!
There’s never any kind of deadline when it comes to developing better residential plumbing habits, and hopefully this article can help catalyze some ideas to help you and your family improve your overall plumbing responsibilities!
1. Everyone in your household knows exactly where the main water shut-off valve is located.
If you and your household ever come across a situation in which interior flooding is occurring, then it’s important to always shut off your water supply as quickly as possible. The vast majority of main water shut-off valves are found within a home’s basement areas, or sometimes in an exterior utility box.
Turning your entire home’s water supply off in cases of emergency can help protect your home from serious water and structural damage, so it’s important that you and your kids all know exactly where your shut-off valve is and how to turn it off when things get out of hand!
2. Your household knows what you shouldn’t be putting down your garbage disposal.
It’s important that everyone in your home knows to never put grease or fatty waste materials down your garbage disposal, among many other clogging food items. Grease is probably the worst when it comes to solidifying within your drains and potentially creating very pesky blockages that are difficult to eliminate. Some of the other things you should never put down your garbage disposal include the following:
- Coffee grounds
- Potato peels
- And much more!
3. You’re looking out for leaks in obscure places.
Many households experience hidden leaks that can end up creating increases in your monthly water bills, and what’s tough about these leaks in obscure places is that many homeowners don’t know where they are and ultimately what’s leading to their increased water usage.
That’s why it’s always very important to keep an eye out within places that are seemingly out of the way, because knowing where hidden leaks may occur can help you to prevent their overall occurrence and get them fixed ASAP.
4. You make sure that your sump pump is regularly cleaned out.
A lot of Utah homeowners have interior sump pumps deep down in the foundations of their property, and the truth of the matter is that it’s not difficult to clean these out and ensure that they’re working like they should be.
The problem is that a lot of homeowners simply forget about their sump pump and neglect it for long periods of time without any rinsing, so it’s important to make sure you’re cleaning out your sump pump at least once per year!
5. You know exactly how old your household’s fixtures and pipes are.
This means that you should know how old your water heater, faucets, toilets and piping system is, and this will always go a very long way in terms of helping your household better ensure that you’re keeping up with regular maintenance needs.
Knowing the age of your fixtures and pipes will also help you to better know when you may potentially need replacements in the future, which can undoubtedly help you and your family when it comes to preparing for renovation and installation costs.
6. You have tools that can help you out in the case of a plumbing emergency.
Some of the plumbing tools your household should have include the following:
- A plunger
- A hacksaw
- An auger
- Crescent and pipe wrenches
There are of course many instances in which DIY plumbing is ill advised, but by simply having some of these tools you can learn how to use them properly and be more prepared for rather basic plumbing repairs.
7. You have the Beehive Plumbing team in your contacts
Plumbing emergencies can happen when you least expect it, which is why we always recommend putting our number in your mobile device’s contact list.
Our number is 801-661-8155, and always feel free to reach out to us online if you have any further questions about how to prepare your home for plumbing issues!