As a first-time homeowner, you’re now the proud owner of a plumbing system. These plumbing tips can help you learn how to deal with some of the issues that might crop up, so you can relax and enjoy your new home.
Identify Your Water Shutoffs
When you’re facing an overflowing toilet or a leak under a sink, knowing exactly where the water shutoff is for each plumbing fixture can help you keep the mess to a minimum. Locating your home’s main water valve is also important, so you can quickly stop the flow of water if a pipe bursts inside a wall or some other inaccessible spot.
Keep Your Water Heater Well-Maintained
If you don’t know a lot about water heaters yet, it’s wise to hire a professional to give the appliance a thorough inspection. A plumber can show you how to test the temperature and pressure relief (T&P) valve, and drain and flush the tank to clear out sediment. This is a necessary yearly chore to keep the heater running efficiently and prolong its life.
Stay Aware of the Condition of Your Plumbing System
Take a proactive approach and do periodic checks for water leaks around the toilets, appliance hoses and under the sinks, and get minor issues like running toilets or dripping faucets fixed promptly. If you experience house-wide problems like a drop in water pressure, repeated fixture clogs or slow moving drains, have a plumber investigate the cause.
Put Together an Emergency Plumbing Kit
Having the right supplies close at hand can allow you to get a clogged fixture dealt with quickly, or keep a water leak under control until a plumber arrives. Take a 5-gallon bucket and stock it with a flashlight and forced-cup and regular plungers, Allen wrenches, slip-joint pliers, a multi-bit screwdriver, and an adjustable wrench. Add absorbent rags for sopping up spills, and rolls of duct and Teflon tape to temporarily seal leaks.
To learn more plumbing tips, or for expert help solving a plumbing problem in your new home, contact the Grand Traverse County comfort pros at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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