Get the Home Maintenance Salt Lake City Knows and Loves
Taking care of your home is often easier said than done. From broken appliances to failing roofs, with so many opportunities for things to go wrong, it’s up to you as a homeowner to take preventative action as often as possible—and that includes your plumbing. Even if you’re not a pro with a wrench, taking the right home maintenance steps can help you stop problems before they begin. These five tips will help improve your knowledge of home repair, while saving you time and money.
Five tips to help with your home plumbing problems
Plumbing may not be your strong suit, but a little knowledge goes a long way. These tips can prepare you for just about any common plumbing challenge, no matter what hurdles you may come across in home ownership.
Know how to turn off water
Toilet tank spraying water all over your bathroom? Burst pipe in your kitchen that won’t stop pouring water into the cabinet under the sink?
No matter the severity of a problem, knowing how to turn off water when you need to is paramount. While for most the first instinct is to panic and call a plumber while water slowly ruins your home, turning off water is usually quite easy for anyone to do, and can save you thousands in damage while you wait for a pro to arrive. All homes have a main shut-off valve that can disconnect the flow of water to your entire property, so make sure you know where yours is. In addition, most individual appliances, like sinks and toilets, have a nearby switch. You should confirm the location of these as well.
Invest in the right supplies
As a homeowner, there’s no need to purchase professional plumbing tools, but a home tool kit can be very useful. This means having things like a plunger, pipe wrench, and sewer snake available to address clogs and loose pipes when the opportunity arises. Most of these tools are fairly simple to use, and a quick Google search can help with any confusion—saving you cash on a service call for a simple clogged toilet or another minor issue.
Treat drains right
Your drain isn’t a catch-all for everything you don’t want, so tread carefully before pouring anything and everything down the drain. Keep cooking grease away from the kitchen sink – pour it in the trash, or in a disposable milk jug instead – and be sure to use a drain screen for sink without a garbage disposal. Grease can cool and harder in your pipes, creating clogs, while food waste can create a foul smell in your pipes. By sticking to solely liquids designed for drains, you can extend the life of your plumbing.
Keep an eye on your meter
If you can’t see leaking water, it’s easy to assume there is no leak. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. Keeping an eye on your water meter can help here; if you know average readings, you’ll immediately be aware when something goes wrong. Don’t be afraid to ask the employee who reads your meter for assistance – he can show you what to look for to detect leaking water or other issues.
When (and when not) to attempt a DIY fix
Some jobs, like a clogged toilet, can be easy enough to fix without investing in a plumber. However, major problems are likely to get worse if you give them a shot solo. Things like broken pipes can’t be repaired with a little duct tape; they require access to a professional plumber to make sure everything is working the way it should. When you’re not sure how to move forward, a plumber can make sure you’re on the right track.
When personal plumbing isn’t enough
Sooner or later, you’re likely to run into a situation in which your own knowledge of plumbing isn’t enough to remedy a serious issue, like frozen pipes, leaks inside the walls, or a burst pipe. When this is the case, All Star Service & Repair is just a phone call away. We’re experts in West Jordan, serving the entire Salt Lake City region (and beyond) for your convenience.
When you call for service, be sure to let us know as much information as you have available, including any remedies you have tried, when you noticed the issue, the material of your pipes if known, and any other important details about your home plumbing. The more we know, the better prepared we can be to fix problems quickly, properly, and with ease.
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