Plumbing 101 for Homeowners

Plumbing 101 for HomeownersEven though you don’t see much of it, your plumbing plays a critical role in how comfortable and convenient your home is to live in. That’s why it’s so important to know how to care for your pipes and fixtures.

Keeping Your System in Shape

Routine maintenance goes a long way toward preventing problems. Every month, clean your garbage disposal and dishwasher drain bin. Once a year, flush your water heater, test your sump pump, and have your pipes professionally inspected. During an inspection, your plumber can spot developing clogs and potential leaks so they can be taken care of before they cause any trouble.

Learn the location of the main water shut-off valve for the whole house and for each fixture, such as the toilet. Invest in a set of hex keys. These come in handy for loosening and tightening the nuts and bolts of your fixtures. To go a step further, put together a plumbing maintenance kit that includes a plunger, duct tape to temporarily stop leaks, screwdriver, heavy rubber gloves, and cleaning cloths.

Resolving Common Problems

If your toilet overflows, shut off its water supply and wait 10 minutes for the overflow to recede. Check that no foreign object, such as a child’s toy, is lodged in the drain. Position a plunger over the toilet drain hole to create a tight seal and press the plunger down, alternating between hard and light plunges. If this doesn’t dislodge the clog, try a plumber’s snake. For clogs that just won’t budge, call a plumber.

A dishwasher that’s leaking or not draining may have a kinked, clogged or broken drain line. If you find a kink in the line, simply straighten it out. To clear a clog, you’ll need to remove the drain hose and flush it out. A plumber can help you if you’d rather not do this yourself. If the drain hose is broken, a plumber can replace it for you.

For help caring for your pipes, fixtures, and appliances, contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the Greater Cleveland area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues. For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or give us a call at 440-345-8795.
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