As a new homeowner, there are a number of things you're likely still trying to get the hang of. If plumbing is one of those things, consider the three must-know plumbing tips listed below.
1. Just Because It Fits, It Doesn't Mean It Belongs In The Disposal
Garbage disposals are a useful kitchen tool, but unfortunately, many of the things you put down it can cause more harm than you think.
While it may be easy to toss the bacon grease down the drain or wash your plate's remains into the sink after dinner, neither of these are good for your garbage disposal and you'll soon be dealing with a clogged, under-performing disposal. There are a number of items that shouldn't be put down there, such as egg shells and fats.
2. You'll Likely Need to Shut Off Your Main Water Valve At Least Once
Whether you're dealing with a frozen pipe or a leak behind the walls, you'll likely need to know where your main water valve is located at least once during your time as a homeowner.
While you hope to never face a plumbing emergency, knowing the location of the main water valve can save you from thousands of dollars worth of damage in case there is one. Your home's water valve is typically located in the basement, as this is where the pipes will flow into your home. If you don't have a basement, two other likely locations are near the water heater or under the kitchen sink. Be sure to ask the previous homeowners or realtor for this important piece of information.
3. It's Important to Know Your Limits and Ask for Help When Necessary
While there's nothing wrong with do-it-yourself plumbing fixes for small plumbing issues, you need to know when it's time to step away from the project and call the professionals for help.
Even if you think doing a big plumbing project yourself will save you money, if you make even a small mistake, it can actually end up costing you more than it would have to just hire a plumber in the first place. There are certain plumbing projects, such as repiping or anything having to do with the gas pipes, that should be left to the professionals.
If plumbing repair isn't your thing, there's no need to worry. Ask your realtor, the previous homeowner, and new neighbors for referrals to a local plumber in your area.
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