If you are a homeowner, you will need to familiarize yourself with your home’s plumbing and how to prevent costly plumbing errors. While there are times to call a plumber for assistance, preventative maintenance at home can save you time, money, and a lot of headaches. All you need to do is learn more about how to keep your plumbing functioning properly. Today, we go over five things all Glendora homeowners should know about their plumbing.
How to Clean Your Drains, The Right Way
One of the most important things a homeowner should know how to do is to keep their drains clean. Drain clogs are a very common plumbing issue that can be prevented. To avoid buildup, clogs, and unpleasant odors, here are some ways to clean and maintain your drains throughout your home:
- Remove anything that could cause a potential drain clog
- Keep food, coffee grounds, and grease out of your drains
- Keep hair and soap scum out of your drains using a shower drain hair catcher
- Treat drain clogs and buildup with an enzymatic drain cleaner
- Make a mix of vinegar, baking soda, and hot water and pour it down your drains to eliminate grease buildup, odors, and other organic residue
Knowing How to Turn Off Water in Your Home
Knowing how to shut off the water flow to your house is an essential piece of knowledge for every homeowner. In the event of flooding, you will need to locate the water shutoff valve before any major damage can occur. This valve can be found in a variety of locations, such as under the kitchen sink or in the basement.
If your home has a basement, your water shutoff valve is typically located near the front foundation wall. If your home has a crawl space in the basement, the water shutoff valve is located somewhere in the crawl space. If your home does not have a basement, the valve is likely located close to your water heater or near the kitchen sink drain.
There are two main types of water shutoff valves: round wheel and lever handles. The round wheel handle operates like a crank and to turn it off you just rotate it to the right until it stops. If you are dealing with a lever handle, turn it a quarter degree until it is perpendicular to the water pipe.
Understanding Gas Lines and Gas Leaks
Gas lines do require cleaning from time to time. This is due to build up that could affect the amount of gas that can be transported to your appliances, such as your stove, heater, or dryer. If the buildup gets worse, it could impact your pilot light and will require a professional cleaning. If you can get your gas line cleaned in advance, you can help avoid any unnecessary future damage.
You should be aware of gas leaks as they can be very dangerous. It is common for gas leaks to occur in areas where pipes join at the fittings. Here are some signs you may have a gas leak:
- You smell a strong sulfur odor near gas pipes or gas appliances
- You notice dead grass outside
You should know where your gas shut off valves are and how to use them in the event you have a gas leak. If the smell of gas is overwhelming, leave your house and contact a local gas professional to turn the gas off. Call a licensed and insured plumber as soon as possible to help repair the leak.
Determining Which Kind of Water Heater Is for You
There are a wide variety of hot water heater options out there for you. It is up to you to determine which one will fit your needs. A few questions you should ask yourself before purchasing one include the following:
- What sort of fuel sources are you using in your home? Do you prefer gas, propane, or electricity?
- Are you trying to be energy efficient?
- How much hot water does your household require daily?
- How large is the area where your water heater will be installed?
You should also weigh the pros and cons of a tankless water heater versus a conventional water heater. You may also want to consider a hybrid water heater.
Knowing When to Get Residential Hydro Jetting
Also known as water jetting, residential hydro jetting can clear out blockages in pipes to ensure they are clean and working properly. All homeowners should know when it is time to hire a professional plumber to power wash their pipes. Here are some signs you need residential hydro jetting:
- Slow draining pipes
- Noisy drain pipes
- Smelly drain pipes
- Deteriorating drain pipes
- Increase in your water bill
Residential plumbing problems will get worse if you do not take certain measures. Hydro jetting removes clogs and the buildup of grease and other organic material that could lead to a sewer line clog, pipe flooding, and other problems.
While these tips can help you keep plumbing problems at bay, there are times when you should call a plumber for help. Contact our office online or call us at (626) 436-3623 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced plumbers.