Three Plumbing Tips for Your Home – Shaw Local

Your home’s plumbing is one of its most crucial systems.

When you consider all of your sinks, toilets, showers and tubs, washing machines, and outdoor systems, problems like leaks, clogged drains, or low water pressure are usually just waiting to happen.

If and when any of these issues occur, fixing them can be costly if you don’t fix them quickly and properly. To keep your home’s plumbing system running efficiently, here are some general things to consider.

Don’t Ignore Leaks

Have you ever noticed a steady drip in one of your faucets, showers or bathtubs? It is the sound of money flowing in water. Over time, this seemingly harmless little leak can lead to much larger problems, the slightest of which will almost certainly increase your water bill and could also affect your home’s water pressure. So, be sure to deal with those leaks, drips, or running toilets as soon as possible.

Prepare the right tools

Conventional wisdom says to try investing in tools before you think you need them. This way they are available and ready when the time comes. This also applies to plumbing. One of the best and easiest tools to own is a quality plunger. This item is often taken for granted, but it’s great for cleaning clogged toilets, sinks and drains. This can be a big help in avoiding future problems.

The same idea goes for a good wet and dry shop vacuum. Unlike most regular vacuums, shop vacs are designed to handle large amounts of water and debris. Their powerful suction makes them perfect for clearing sinks and drains clogged with small objects (like a toothbrush or jewelry), and for quickly cleaning up large leaks or spills. Other important tools to always have on hand are plumber’s wrenches, plumber’s tape, and drain snakes. Having items like these will allow you to do basic home plumbing maintenance.

Don’t overtighten anything

While it may be tempting to squeeze things in as tightly as possible, don’t!

If you tighten or replace pipes or fittings, be very careful not to overtighten the fittings, especially on copper or metal pipes. This can weaken connections and even break bolts, resulting in unsealed joints that will leak or break completely. In most cases, a simple hand tightening plus an additional quarter turn is the best solution.

For more great plumbing tips and to find the right tools and parts for any home plumbing job, stop by and visit our website or call us at 815-288-7841.

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