Homeowners don’t think about their home’s plumbing when everything
is working properly. It’s only when an emergency plumber comes out
to repair a burst pipe or a malfunctioning toilet that you remember not
to take your plumbing for granted. In general, home
plumbing maintenance involves being vigilant, fixing problems as they arise, and preventing
problems in the first place. It also involves realizing when it’s
the right time to call a professional.
Know How to Solve Basic Problems
Being a responsible homeowner is knowing how to solve basic plumbing problems
and how to perform basic toilet repair. These skills will ensure that
your plumbing runs smoothly. For example, you should know where all of
your home’s water-shutoff switches are located. Also, familiarize
yourself with how these handy tools are used: a plunger, a pipe wrench,
and a plumber’s snake. Be sure you’re able to fix the most
common plumbing problems, such as clogged drains and toilets, and leaky
faucets, by yourself.
Be Mindful of Colder Temperatures
When the temperature drops below
freezing, it can create a big problem for your plumbing. As water freezes, it expands.
When trapped in pipes, frozen water can damage and crack them. To avoid
this potentially disastrous issue, insulate exposed pipes before the first
frost of the year. Detach garden hoses from exterior spigots and cover
them with a specialized, insulating cap. Leave under-the-sink cabinet
doors open to allow warm air to circulate around your kitchen and bathroom’s pipes.
Decrease Your Household’s Water Usage
Not only is reducing your water usage good for the environment and your
pocketbook, it also reduces the chances of things going down your drains
that could possibly cause a clog in your plumbing and the need for professional
Call a Professional
Be truthfully aware of your skillset. When emergency situations arise,
put down your wrench and contact your local plumber immediately. Most
reputable plumbing companies offer 24-hour emergency service.
Ace Plumbing was founded on a few basic principles: provide the best customer service
and deliver quality work. Since 1975, we have grown to become a highly
rated, full-service company that can handle any problem when it comes
to plumbing in Sacramento. Give us a call today (916) 455-4548.