Eight plumbing tips every homeowner should know 

When it comes to your home’s plumbing, there are some important things you should know. For example, you should know what you can put down the drain (and perhaps more importantly – what you can’t). 

You should know how to protect your pipes in the winter, and how to use a plunger. 

Mastering these small and simple things can save you time and money – and keep your home’s plumbing in top shape. 

Here’s our list of eight plumbing tips every homeowner should know:   

Find out where your home’s shut off valves are located. If you’re moving into a home, make knowing where the shut off valve is located a top priority. While you are at it, you should also learn where the sewer line access points are. In the event of a major leak, it will be important to access the shut off valve, and if you know where it’s located, it will save you time and keep stress at bay.  

Know what’s off limits in the drain. If you’re still flushing disposable, “flushable” wipes down the toilet, it’s time to stop. The same goes with cotton balls, Q-Tips and tampons. In the kitchen, make sure you’re not sending coffee grounds or eggshells down the drain as well. 

Whether you own a home or are renting an apartment, it’s very important that you know what can and can be flushed down the drain and follow the rules. Otherwise, you may have a clogged drain on your hands. 

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Learn how to use a plunger. Knowing how to properly use a plunger can save you a lot of time and help you avoid making a mess – and it could help save you money, too. Often times, people use plungers incorrectly and make the clog even worse. In some cases, plumbers have to be called to fix the issue (we know this firsthand!). 

To use a plunger properly, create a tight seal with the lip of the plunger head and gently push and pull to dislodge whatever is blocking the pipe. And remember: not all plungers are the same, so you’ll want to choose the right plunger to get the job done. 

Don’t ignore leaks. Even small leaks around the base of a toilet or faucet need to be addressed swiftly. Not only can those leaks – if left untreated – give way to worse leaks that take time and money to fix, but those little leaks could be making your water bill higher than it should be. 

While fixing a small leak on your own is certainly fine, if you’re unsure of how to fix it properly, or if the leak comes back after you tried to fix it, it’s time to call the plumber. 

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Don’t fear the wet vacuum. Investing in a wet vacuum is always a good idea. These can be purchased at any home improvement store and most are reasonably priced. Wet vacuums can be used for small clogs and are often effective when plungers haven’t managed to dislodge whatever is causing the block. 

Know how to protect your pipes. Since it gets cold in Cincinnati, it’s important to know how to keep your pipes safe when the temperatures dip below freezing. You’ll want to keep cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathroom open to keep the pipes warm and wrap all exposed pipes with insulation. 

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Have a plumbing kit at the ready. Your plumbing kit should include plumber’s tape, a screwdriver, a wrench, and a plunger. It’s also helpful to have rags or heavy-duty paper towels on hand to clean up messes. 

Never be afraid to call the plumber. Even if you think the plumbing issue you are dealing with is small potatoes, it’s completely fine to call the plumber. In fact, we encourage it. The team at Allied Reddi-Rooter is here for all Cincinnati homeowners (and renters, too!) for all of your plumbing needs.  We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.  You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask us a question.