So, you just bought your first home, congratulations! Becoming a homeowner is a significant accomplishment and investment. However, it also comes with equally significant responsibilities. One of the most critical, yet commonly overlooked parts of your home is its plumbing. Without properly functioning plumbing, your home would not feel as comfortable as it should be. Here at Certified Plumbing of Brevard, our team offers various plumbing services to ensure it is always in the best shape possible. However, there are still some things you need to do as a homeowner to prevent major plumbing issues before they begin.
Here are 10 tips for first-time homeowners you can use to maintain your home’s plumbing (plus a bonus tip at the end!):
- Know where the shut-off valves are
- Plumbing Maintenance is Key
- Routinely clean your drains
- Don’t Flush These Items
- Inspect your Disposal Gasket
- Be careful what you put down the drain
- Invest in Water Treatment
- Invest in useful tools
- Keep an eye out for discoloration
- Bonus Tip!
Want to learn more about how Certified Plumbing of Brevard can help you as a new homeowner? Give us a call at 321-676-0812 today!
Know Where The Shut-Off Valves Are
It does not matter whether you are currently experiencing a plumbing emergency or not, knowing where your plumbing’s shut-off valves are is critical. In the event of a plumbing issue, being able to quickly shut off the water can prevent further damage. Shut-off valves are often located near your water heater or under sinks. However, there is a chance that they are somewhere else within your home. If you need help with locating these valves, Certified Plumbing of Brevard can help during your free consultation and plumbing services, schedule yours today by calling 321-676-0812. .
Plumbing Maintenance is Key
Prevention is key when it comes to plumbing. Over time, your pipes will slowly succumb to the inevitability of wear and tear. This is especially true if you live in an old home with outdated plumbing. While you may not be able to avoid every repair, being proactive about repairs ensures your plumbing will operate the way it should for many more years down the line. Regularly check for any leaks and get them fixed as soon as possible. By maintaining your plumbing regularly, you can avoid many costly repairs down the road. Certified Plumbing offers plumbing services to help keep your home’s plumbing in tip-top shape.
Routinely Clean Your Drains
Nobody likes a non-functioning drain. Often, drains can malfunction due to clogging, which is usually easy to prevent. If you want to prevent drainage issues, clean your kitchen and bathroom drains. While you can usually do this yourself, you can also call our team if the clog is too severe for a simple wash of Drain-O. You can also use a drain strainer to keep hair and other materials from going down the drain and causing a clog as a preventative measure while still routinely cleaning your drains.
Don’t Flush These Items
Although it may seem like common sense, you would be surprised at how many people flush items that they shouldn’t. Diapers, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, and other similar items should never be flushed as they can cause major clogs. These items should be disposed of in the trash instead. Keep a lined trash bin in your bathroom to remind yourself where to dispose of these larger items instead of flushing them down the toilet.
Inspect Your Disposal Gasket
The gasket is a rubber ring that is located between the disposal unit and the sink drain. Over time, these gaskets can degrade and cause leaks. Inspect your gasket regularly for any cracks or missing pieces and replace them as necessary. To inspect your disposal gasket, unscrew the mounting bolts and remove the unit. Inspect the gasket and then reattach the disposal unit. If you notice any damage such as cracks or bends, you’ll need to replace the gasket as soon as possible to avoid any potential plumbing issues.
Be Careful What You Put Down the Drain
Although your garbage disposal is designed to grind up food scraps, there are some things that you should avoid putting down the drain. Grease, coffee grounds, eggshells, and fruit pits can all cause problems for your disposal unit. If you have an issue with a clog, it is tempting to put your hand down the drain to try and clear it. However, this can be extremely dangerous as there are sharp blades located in the disposal unit.
Invest in Water Treatment
While you may not think about it often, the water coming into your home might not be as clean as you’d think. If you want to ensure that the water in your home is clean and potable, we recommend investing in a water treatment system. These systems will filter out contaminants and minerals, providing you with cleaner water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. There are a few different kinds of water treatment systems, so you’ll want to do some research to figure out which one is right for your home. But once you have a system in place, you can rest assured that the water coming into your home is clean and safe for your family to use.
Invest in Useful Tools
When it comes to ensuring the functionality of your plumbing, you can never be too prepared. Plumbing issues can happen quickly without warning. Due to this, you must have the tools you need to fix and prevent them. Such tools you should have in your inventory include a pipe wrench, a drain snake, and pliers. If you have these on hand, then you will be able to take care of most issues that may arise. We are happy to recommend you the best products for your toolbox, just mention it in our consultation or during our regular plumbing services! Call 321-676-0812 for the fastest help!
Keep An Eye Out For Discoloration
It is always crucial to keep an eye out for any potential signs of water damage. However, one of the most noticeable is discoloration around your pipes and walls. If you see any brown or yellow spots, it is time to give your plumbing system a check-up. Are you finding that a specific spot is looking darker than usual? It could signify a leak that needs immediate repair. Do not hesitate to call Certified Plumbing of Brevard to get this discoloration checked out as part of our regular plumbing services.
Along with these 10 tips, it is important to have a general understanding of how the different plumbing systems in your home work. You don’t have to be an expert to know the basics, however, familiarizing yourself with the terms and concepts will help you communicate better with your plumbing contractor. When something does go wrong, you will be able to more easily describe the problem and find a solution.
Call Certified Plumbing of Brevard
You deserve a team of experts to help you during difficult times. Thankfully, our team of plumbing specialists at Certified Plumbing of Brevard is happy to help you with any of your plumbing needs. We have known our community inside and out for 33 years, and because of this, we’d be happy to provide you with the quality plumbing service you deserve. If you have any questions about our plumbing services, you can give us a call at (321) 676-0812 or fill out our online contact form. We would love to help you with all your plumbing needs.
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