Plumbing New Year’s Resolutions
- Categories: Cleaning Tips, Drains, Lead, Plumbing, Ravinia Plumbing, Safety Tips, Sump Pumps
- Date: December 10, 2019
With 2020 just around the corner, you no doubt are thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. And undoubtedly resolutions about your home’s plumbing are not top of mind. So to help you out, here are 10 plumbing resolutions (with some “subresolutions”) to greet the new year.
- Prevent your pipes from freezing. Here are the “subresolutions” under this.
a. In extreme cold weather, have faucets slowly trickle cold water.
b. Keep cabinet doors open so warm air hits pipes located in exposed walls.
c. Insulate your pipes – especially those close to the outside or in unheated spaces like the attic, garage, and crawl spaces.
- Sweat the small stuff. Deal with leaky faucets and toilets and clogged drains before they become bigger and more expensive problems.
- Treat your plumbing “stuff” with respect. The two “subresolutions”:
a. Only human waste and toilet paper go down the toilet. Nothing else. NOTHING.
b. That thing under your sink is a garbage disposer, not a garbage can. No coffee grounds, fibrous vegetables, bones, pits, oils or grease.
- Don’t waste water (more “subresolutions”):
a. Turn off the water while you are shaving or brushing your teeth.
b. Only run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads.
- Flush your water heater and have a professional inspect it at least once a year.
- Guard your drains. Purchase drain guards (they are inexpensive) to prevent potentially harmful materials from sliding down your drains.
- Before storm season, have your sewer line rodded.
- Make sure you have a battery backup for your sump pump.
- Consider a water filtration device – especially if you notice your skin, hair or hands getting dry or cracked. That could mean the water in your home is too hard.
- Protect yourself and your family from lead in the water. Have your water tested, and if there is lead have a plumber determine how you can solve that problem. It could be easy and relatively inexpensive.
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