Useful Plumbing Tips for Homes


Plumbing repairs are often costly, and unanticipated, and can cost up to five figures for a single issue. Proper plumbing is an essential part of your home and can be costly. We have compiled a list of useful tips to help homeowners prevent costly plumbing repairs.

Let’s get started.

  1. Know Your Water Main & Valve

This is the most important thing you can take to prevent water damage from a burst or leaky pipe. If you are unable to control the plumbing, shut off the water supply.

The water main is your water supply point. It is usually located in your basement near your water heater. You will need to locate the shut-off valve or lever on your water main. This will prevent any confusion in an emergency situation and help to prevent costly repairs and water damage.

As a first step to avoid plumbing disasters, everyone living in your home must know where the main water supply is.

  1. Avoid oil and grease in drains

You might dispose of your grease or oils down the kitchen drain. Although this might seem great, it can be a problem for your drain and the environment. The oil and grease that goes down the drain can cool, solidify, and build up over time. This can cause clogs in your drain.

Grease and oil have a semi-viscous nature and tend to stick to pipe walls. They not only stick to your drainpipe walls but also allow other solid particles to join the party. Grease/oil blockages in drains can cause severe damage and may cost you a lot of money to repair.

Don’t pour grease or oils down the drain, and then wait for them to harden. Instead, dispose of grease and oils in your compost pile. It is best to recycle grease/oils. This will help the environment and allow you to use your grease/oils for biodiesel.

This free tool will allow you to locate your closest recycling facility.

  1. Drain Strainer

Prevention is always better than cure and with most plumbing problems being clogged-drain-related, it is best to prevent clogging in the first place. A drain strainer can be used in showers and sinks to collect and dispose of most soap, dirt, and hair residue.

This will keep your drains clear for a longer time. This is a simple but effective practice.

  1. Stop slow drains from clogging

Slow drains are a sign of clogging. A slow drain can be fixed by you, but if there are multiple slow drains, it will require the help of a plumber. Multiple slow drains can be caused by clogging the pipes, which only a professional should handle.

However, if you have a slow drain, it’s best to fix it immediately. Start by putting half a teaspoon of salt into the drain. Next, add half a teaspoon of baking soda. Finally, pour half a cup of vinegar. Leave the drain to dry for 15 minutes.

You can then pour a few liters of boiling water into the drain and let it sit for a while. After the procedure is complete, you can check the speed of the drain. If it is improving, continue the process until it runs smoothly.

You can also use a drain snake for cleaning the clog. This involves dipping the snake up and down to catch any buildup. Then pull the snake up and toss it away. If all else fails, you can use a heavy metal wire to push the buildup further down into the drain to repair the slow drain.

Make sure to check the flow speed of other drains before you try anything. If it is a widespread problem, call a plumber. Chemical drain cleaners are not a good option. They can seem quick but can cause more damage to your pipes.

  1. Avoid Freezing Pipes & Eventual Bursts

A frozen pipe could easily burst, resulting in costly repairs. To avoid costly repairs, you should try to avoid freezing pipes in winter. These are some things that you can do to prevent pipes from freezing.

To avoid pipes freezing, keep your home at 65°F or higher.

Cover outdoor faucets and unplug all garden hoses immediately after use.

You will be able to save significantly on repairs and heating costs if you are away for a longer period of time in winter.

To prevent frozen pipes, a good tip is to insulate outside plumbing lines.

  1. Look out for Leaks

Leaks can happen anywhere in your home. While they might be obvious at times, many invisible water leaks go unnoticed. Look out for discoloration, peeling wallpaper, or damp spots on floors and walls.

Mold buildup is often a sign of hidden leaks. To avoid expensive water damage, make sure to keep an eye out for mold smells and buildups.

A professional plumber can also be hired to inspect your home for leaks and fix them as soon as possible.

This post was written by Joey Denick. Joey is the Owner and Operator of Clog Kings. At Clog Kings, LLC, we pride ourselves on our dedication and efficiency. We know you don’t have time to waste. That’s why we work fast to get your home or commercial building back up and running in no time. If you are looking for trenchless pipelining then look no further because we got you covered!