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  • Writer's pictureCurtis Stake

Top 10 Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners

1. Know Your Main Water Shutoff Valve

In case of a major leak or burst pipe, knowing the location of your main water shutoff valve is crucial. Make sure it’s easily accessible and that all household members know how to use it. Shutting off the water quickly in an emergency can drastically reduce the amount of damage done to your home. The time saved by promptly turning off the water can mean the difference between a minor repair and extensive water damage.

2. Disconnect Outdoor Hoses Before Winter

Many outdoor faucets nowadays are frost-free, but they only work effectively if the hoses are disconnected. If you leave your hoses connected during the winter, the water in the faucet cannot drain out and is still at risk of freezing and bursting. To avoid this, set a reminder or schedule a specific time before winter to disconnect your hoses. This simple task can help you avoid costly plumbing repairs for an easily preventable issue.

3. Flush Your Water Heater Yearly

Whether you have a tankless or traditional water heater, it's important to flush it yearly to remove sediment buildup. This helps maintain efficiency and prolongs the lifespan of your water heater. Regular maintenance can prevent issues and ensure you always have hot water when you need it.

4. Regularly Replace Water Filters

One of the often-overlooked components in a home’s plumbing system is the water filter. It’s crucial to ensure these filters are not stagnant and have been changed regularly. Neglected water filters can cause more harm than good, potentially leading to poor water quality and health risks. Regularly replacing water filters ensures your water remains clean and safe.

5. Do Not Flush Wipes

Even if they are labeled as flushable, do not flush wipes down the toilet. These wipes can wreak havoc on your plumbing system, getting caught in pipes or pumps and causing blockages or leaks. Proper disposal of wipes in the trash can prevent costly repairs and maintain the integrity of your plumbing system. Another option may be installing a bidet seat on your toilet.

6. Shut Off Your Water Main When Going on Vacation

Whenever you go on vacation, make it a habit to shut off your main water valve. Bad things always seem to happen when people are away, and it's better to be safe than sorry. This is especially important unless you have an irrigation system or something else that requires a constant water supply. Remember, closed-loop heating systems do not need the water main to be on to function properly. If you’re worried about forgetting to shut off the water, consider installing smart home options. These valves can be installed on the water main to automatically shut off the water in case of a leak and allow you to control the water supply via Wi-Fi. This provides peace of mind whenever you are away from home.

7. Be Careful What Chemicals You Put Down Your Drain

Avoid using chemical drain cleaners, which can damage your pipes over time. If you have a blockage, it's better to reach out to a professional plumbing company rather than just pouring Draino down the drain. Properly addressing blockages can prevent long-term damage to your plumbing system. Vinegar and baking soda can also be a great alternative to chemical cleaners and can solve issues of a smelly drain.

8. Clean Your Showerheads to Remove Mineral Deposits

Over time, mineral deposits can build up in your showerheads, reducing water flow and efficiency. Fill a bag with vinegar or CLR and wrap it around the showerhead with a twist tie. Let it sit overnight to dissolve the deposits and make your showerhead look brand new.

9. Buyer Beware: You get what you pay for

Nowadays, with online shopping and sites such as Amazon, there are plenty of cheap options for plumbing fixtures and equipment. However, make sure that you're vetting these carefully when purchasing a product because many products bought online do not have to be held to the same standards as well-known plumbing product brands. In addition, certain products have to be approved in Massachusetts for use. So, make sure to consult with your plumber before buying any fixtures or equipment. Most of the time, your plumber will supply it for you.

10. Tell your plumber everything before hand!!

If you ask any plumber what three words they hear the most on the job, it's likely to be, "While you're here..." While we are always happy to address any issues you may have, often if we are unaware of a problem beforehand, we cannot properly prepare for it and may not have the necessary parts with us to fix it. This can result in having to schedule a return visit, which often leads to additional costs for the homeowner. It is beneficial to inform your plumber of all the issues you want to be addressed before their visit. By bundling services and completing everything in one trip, it becomes more cost-effective for you and more efficient for us, resulting in a win-win situation for everyone.

If you have any plumbing needs or questions, don't hesitate to reach out and book us today. Our professional team is ready to help you with all your plumbing concerns and ensure your home runs smoothly. Contact us now to schedule your appointment!


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