First, congratulations on becoming a homeowner! You are sure to experience many exciting events in your new home and a great deal of pride in ownership. But you also need to remember that there will be some challenges down the road as a homeowner. However, knowing the following few plumbing tips will help to minimize your level of panic when you realize that something is not right. And then that it is your responsibility to repair it or get it repaired.
Find The Main Shut Off Valve
Every residence has one pipe that brings water into the house. And on that pipe, you will find a shut-off valve. This valve stops all of the water that flows into the house. Knowing where to shut off your home’s water is critical to limiting water damage when you discover a plumbing problem. In some regions, the shut-off valve is just inside the house where the water pipe enters. In other areas, the valve is located outside the house just before it comes into your home. And yet in other neighborhoods, the valve is in the yard where your supply line is connected to the city water supply line. But where ever your shut off valve is, you need to locate it and make a note of it for future reference.
Take Care Of Your Drains
You are going to ask a great deal of your home’s drains over the years. From all of the water flowing down the sink and tub drains to the waste that you flush. And all you want is for all of that dirty water to go away. But if you don’t take care of your home’s drains, that will not happen. You will be facing a clog and backup or a leak.
The first step is only to put water down a sink or tub drain. Yes, a few tiny particles of food, dirt, or soap scraps is not the end of the world. But as soon as you begin to wash coffee grounds, grease, cooking oil, and other debris down your drains, you are asking for a drain clog.
The second step is never to dump harsh chemical drain cleaners into a clogged pipe. These caustic chemicals will melt or eat through your pipes, leaving you with a much bigger problem. Instead, call the pros at Action Air & Plumbing for professional clog removal and drain cleaning. And even more critical is scheduling a proactive annual drain cleaning. This process will ensure that you are never faced with a nasty drain clog and an overflowing sink, tub, or toilet.
Locate Your Water Heater
Your water heater is all that is standing between you and a lot of cold showers. So locating this appliance as soon as you move in is essential. Check the unit for any leaks or corrosion that could result in a leak. Also, note the location of the drain valve on the tank. A traditional water heater should be drained each year to remove sediment from the tank. This fine grit not only increases the occurrence of corrosion, but it also acts as an insulator and inhibits the water heaters performance. Finally, check the temperature setting on the unit. One hundred and twenty degrees is a safe and comfortable temperature. It is also a more economical setting that the typical 140 degrees that is the presetting on most water heaters.
One Essential Number To Know
If you experience any plumbing issues in your new home, there is only one number that you need to know. Call (806) 787-6501 for fast, affordable, and professional plumbing service. As a full-service company, Action Air & Plumbing is here to help with your plumbing emergencies, questions, regular maintenance, replacements, new installations, and additions. And even if you are new to the area, we have been working in the community for years. We know about local water pressure, drainage challenges, and even sewer complications. So give us a call at the first indication of a problem. Our team is available 24/7 to take your call and get you the help you need to reduce your stress and successfully handle your first plumbing challenge in your new home.