Dripping faucets, clogged pipes and low water pressure are household headaches for sure. But while River City Plumbing here in Reno is always ready for your plumbing emergency or scheduled maintenance, we want you to have the information you need to make the right decision. Here are seven plumber’s tips everyone needs to know.
The Location of Your Shut-Off Valves
If you don’t already know where your home’s main shut-off valve and drain are, it’s time to do some exploring. If you live in an apartment or condo, you may not have your own shut-off valves, but you will if you live in a house. Typically, you’ll find it on the perimeter of your home, on the side facing the street.
Understanding What’s Flushable – And What Isn’t
Nothing should go down the toilet except toilet paper and human waste. Avoid “flushable” wipes, which notoriously back up the system. This is an easy one – just don’t use the toilet as a trash can.
What Not to Put Down the Drain
The same is true of your kitchen sink drain. Even with a garbage disposal, putting kitchen items like coffee grounds, rinds, bacon grease, veggie peeling, or starchy foods like potatoes is a fast track to clogged pipes. Check your owner’s manual to see what your manufacture recommends for your disposal. Otherwise, put food waste into the compost pile or the trash.
How to Properly Plunge
A high-quality plunger can tackle a surprising number of plumbing headaches. Use it to clear clogs in your sinks, toilets and drains.
When to Use a Wet/Dry Vacuum
If you have kids, you may find yourself dealing with a toilet or drain clogged by a toy or some other hard, small object. In that case, a wet/dry vacuum may be the most effective option.
Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Leaks
A slow leak is a waste of money and water, but it’s also a warning of a bigger problem to come. Don’t ignore the drip-drip-drip. If you can’t resolve the leak yourself, call in a pro and get it handled sooner rather than later.
How to Avoid Over-Tightening
If you are fixing leaks yourself, avoid over-tightening fittings and connections. It’s a common DIY plumbing mistake, but over-tightening only leads to broken bolts and stripped screws.
Remember, River City Plumbing is always here for plumbing problems that you don’t feel comfortable addressing yourself. Contact us today.