Experienced plumbers like ourselves are always ready to tackle a plumbing problem, but just because there are people at the ready to help, that doesn’t mean that property owners shouldn’t have some knowledge about their plumbing system too! With that said, today we’d like to invite you to get inside our heads a little bit – here are 7 things we (as well as all other plumbers) really want you to know:
- You’ve got to stop pouring grease down your drain. Seriously, we mean it! A little grease here and there may not seem like such a bad thing, but your drains would have to disagree.
- You really shouldn’t overload the cabinet under your sink. Common household items can get in the way of your pipes, and if you have too much stuff under your sink, it could result in your pipes coming loose.
- DIY is not always the answer. Your plumbing system is complex and really requires the attention of a professional – taking a DIY approach to plumbing problems can result in you paying more for repairs later on.
- You should really know how to check for leaks. Not just for the sake of your plumbing, but for the sake of your water bill too! One of our favorite ways to find hidden leaks is to check your water meter before and after a period of time where no water is being used – a change in the reading is an easy way to tell there’s a leak somewhere.
- Leaks will get worse if you ignore them. Speaking of leaks, yes, they will get worse if you keep ignoring them. So, even if you’re only noticing a tiny drip, you’ve got to call for help.
- You need to run cold water after using your garbage disposal. This one is quick and easy, so there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t be following this rule of thumb – trust us, you’ll thank us later on.
- Regular drain cleaning is a must. In addition to watching what you pour down the drain, you must also have your drains cleaned regularly if you want to prevent clogs and buildups – we mean it.
Here at Barker and Sons Plumbing & Rooter, we want all of our customers to be just as knowledgeable about plumbing as we are – that’s why we share tips like this regularly and have our plumbers walk you through the entire process when they service your plumbing system.
If you have additional questions about your plumbing or are looking for more helpful tips, be sure to connect with us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest) or give us a call at 714.630.8766!