It doesn’t matter if you live in a one-person household or a large one. Chances are you will run into problems with your plumbing in Altoona, PA at some point.
When you have a leaky faucet, clogged toilet or low water pressure, you either want to try fixing it yourself or call a professional plumber. If it’s a small problem you’ve resolved on your own before, DIY doesn’t seem too scary. But a homeowner who is not skilled in complex plumbing jobs can actually make a small problem worse.
Busted water pipes can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of property damage, and big plumbing jobs can be expensive. The good news is that not every issue warrants a visit from a plumber. Here are six plumbing tips and secrets every homeowner should know:
- Locate the shut-off valves: Moving into a new house? The first thing every new homeowner should do is locate the main water shut-off valve and drain. The shut-off can be either on the outside or inside the house, so be on the lookout while checking out the property.
- Avoid puncturing pipes: If you are planning to pound nails or drill holes into your walls, ceilings or floors, be sure there are no pipes on the other side. You don’t want to accidentally puncture supply or drainage pipes, so use an endoscopic camera or a stud finder to locate pipes first.
- Take care of leaks: A drip here and there may not seem like a big issue, but it wastes water over time. The typical leaky faucet wastes about eight gallons of water per day, while a leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day! If you find a small leak, fix it quickly to avoid bigger, more wasteful problems.
- Go easy on garbage disposals: The garbage disposal is for grinding up small bits of food that wash into the grinder area but don’t make it down the drain. Avoid putting grease and oil, vegetable peels, coffee grounds, large food debris and starchy foods down the kitchen sink drain because they can clog your pipes.
- Know what’s flushable: Similar to your garbage disposal, your toilets are not trash cans. Flushing items such as paper towels, feminine care products, kitty litter, coffee grounds and pieces of plastic can cause major clogs. And, did you know that “flushable” wipes can back up in the sewer system? Toilet paper and the obvious are the only acceptable things to flush down the toilet.
- Don’t over-tighten: A common homeowner plumbing mistake is over-tightening loose connections and fittings. When this happens, the result is often broken bolts and stripped screws. If you DIY your own plumbing, tighten fittings back on slowly and gently until they are “hand-tight.”
Whenever you need help with residential or commercial plumbing in Altoona, PA, pick up the phone and call Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating Inc. We are available 24/7 for emergency plumbing services, and for all those plumbing jobs that are too big for DIY.