Plumbing New Year’s Resolutions
- Categories: Fixtures, Flooding, Plumbing, Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Sump Pumps
- Date: December 15, 2020
With the new year around the corner, you’re undoubtedly making your new year’s resolutions. Lose weight. Save money. Etc. While you’re at it, resolve to treat your plumbing system with respect. Here are an even dozen resolutions to get you started – one for every month of the year. But this doesn’t mean you can only do one a month; the sooner you check them off your list the better.
- Get a plumbing inspection. Start off they year by having a licensed plumber inspect your plumbing systems and identify small problems before they become big problems.
- Sweat the small stuff. Small problems occur throughout the year. Immediately take care of problems like a leaking faucet, water pooling around the toilet, banging pipes, etc. If you don’t take care of these small issues, they can become much larger, more expensive problems.
- Insulate your pipes. Just like you don’t want to be cold, neither do your pipes. Not only that, but pipes can also freeze and burst, creating a mess. Insulating them is inexpensive and easy.
- Open cabinets in frigid weather. If pipes that are exposed to the outside cold are behind cabinets, open those cabinets up during cold weather so that they can receive the warmth from inside your home.
- Treat your toilet with care. Human waste and toilet paper are the only things that should go down the toilet. No tissue paper, Q-tips, baby wipes, cotton balls, sanitary products, or other things you are tempted to flush.
- Same with your garbage disposer. No bones, pits, coffee grounds, fibrous vegetables like celery or corn husks or onions down them. And no oils or grease, which solidify when cool.
- Install drain guards. This is a simple and inexpensive way to prevent clogs in sink and shower drains. Drain guards will prevent hair and other items from invading and clogging your drains.
- Be kind to the environment. Being economical with your water use not only can save you money but is good for the environment. Little things like turning off the water when you brush your teeth or shave, or investing in low-flow toilets and showerheads, can really help.
- Take care of your water heater. Make sure you have a professional inspect it once a year, including flushing it.
- Have your sewer line rodded. Tree roots and other items can clog your sewer line, which can result in a flooded basement. You may not need to rod your sewer line every year, but it couldn’t hurt.
- While you’re at it, have a video inspection of your sewer line to make sure there are no hidden problems.
- Install a battery backup sump pump. Speaking of flooding, it is a good idea to have a battery backup sump pump in case the power goes out during a heavy storm, or your main pump just quits.
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