Plumbers are proof that not all heroes wear capes! Most people will experience a plumbing issue at some point in their homeowner journey, and plumbers are the ones who show up to save the day.
However, certain repairs can be avoided altogether. Here are five things your plumber wants you to know so you can keep your plumbing in excellent condition.
Prevention is Easier (and Cheaper) Than Repair
Your plumber’s ultimate wish is for you to understand that proactive maintenance beats emergency repairs any day. Regularly inspecting your plumbing system, not ignoring seemingly minor issues, and being mindful of what goes down the drain can prevent costly inconveniences.
Beware of False Advertising
Plumbers cringe at the mention of household items like chemical drain cleaners and flushable wipes. While they are advertised as “safe” and “effective” for your home, they can actually cause severe damage to your plumbing system. Opt for more natural alternatives like baking soda and vinegar instead of drain cleaners. Also, remember that only waste and toilet paper should go down your toilet.
Know Where Your Main Water Shut-Off Valve Is
Imagine a burst pipe flooding your home unexpectedly, and you don’t know how to cut off the water supply. Sounds like a nightmare, right? Your plumber’s plea is for you to know exactly where your main water shut-off valve is located. Being able to cut off the water supply can significantly minimize the damage during an emergency.
Know Proper Toilet Etiquette
Reviewing proper toilet etiquette with everyone living in your home is always a good idea to avoid clogs. As we mentioned earlier, only flush toilet paper and human waste down the toilet. Avoid flushing other items like feminine hygiene products, cotton swabs, paper towels, gum, etc.
Know Your DIY Limits
Plumbers appreciate a proactive homeowner who isn’t afraid to tackle a minor plumbing task. However, it is crucial to recognize when a problem is beyond your skill level. Attempting to fix a complex repair without the proper skills, knowledge, or tools sets you up for disaster. When in doubt, call the professionals.
By understanding these five pieces of advice, you can work with your plumber to prevent issues and take care of your plumbing system. When you need a plumber you can rely on, reach out to the plumbers at Cook Home Services. To ask us a question or book an appointment, give us a call at 765-205-2230.