Here are Some Basic Plumbing Tips For Homeowners:
Know the location of the main water shut-off valve; it’s usually by the water meter. Also know where additional shut-off valves are for your water heater, water softener, clothes washer, dishwasher and all kitchen and bathroom sinks. Test those shut-off valves once each year to make sure they operate properly.
If you notice dripping water from any faucet or valve, it may keep your pipes from freezing in winter but it should be repaired. This not only saves water but also insures the correct operation of your water softener. If you hear a toilet “running” have it repaired or replaced for the same reason.
Purchase plumbing fixtures and faucets from a plumbing contractor who backs up the manufacturer’s warranty and provides his own warranty for workmanship. The average life expectancy for a water heater and water softener is 15 to 20 years. The life expectancy for a garbage disposer is 10 years.
Many municipalities and all private wells have hard water. Chances are your home needs a water softener. Your plumbing contractor is the most qualified to specify and install a water softener system.
Finally, have your drains cleared mechanically and inspected every 3 – 5 years to insure proper operation. Avoid using off-the-shelf chemicals that are ineffective and offer only a temporary solution.
Today’s video from the Today’s Home Remodeler TV series shows what you can learn from a Whole House Plumbing Inspection. Host Stuart Keith and Plumbers Local 75 member Matt Reddeman from Pertzborn Plumbing walk through a typical home to learn about the plumbing system, where shut-offs are typically located and how to prevent a major plumbing problem before it happens.
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