Plumbing Dos and Don'ts

If you want to get the most out of your home plumbing system, we have gathered a few tips that will help you manage your indoor plumbing properly. There is a lot of bad advice out there, so make sure you know what’s what.

The 2 most important thing to remember is that:

  1. If you don’t know what you’re doing with repairs, you can cause more harm than good
  2. if you let problems go without fixing them, it will cost you more money in the long run

So if you have any problems that you don’t feel comfortable fixing yourself, please call us. With that being said, here are our tips:

Plumbing Dos

  • To plunge your kitchen sink, run hot water (or boiling). If you are working with a double sink, plug up one side of the unit so the suction works.
  • Be sure to use cold water when you operate your garbage disposal. Maybe overkill, but fill up your sink with water after operating, and then drain. Garbage disposals do go out with fair frequency, so extra care can go a long way. Grind citrus for a nice smell. Occasionally letting it soak in soapy water can help to keep it oiled up.
  • If your water pressure is low, you can clean your aerator by removing it and soaking it in a solution comprised of vinegar and water.
  • Remove stoppers in bathroom sinks in order to clean them. This is easy to do, and widely overlooked.
  • Clean your toilet tank at least annually, and it’s recommended to do it twice a year.

Plumbing Don’ts

  • There is no practical purpose for doing this, so don’t pour hot water into your toilet boil. You’re at risk for cracking the unit. Don’t flush items other than toilet paper, and products that are explicitly made for flushing.
  • Don’t paint copper water lines.
  • Don’t shut off the garbage disposal until it’s done grinding.
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