Plumbing

The sinks, tubs and toilets in your house are some of the most commonly used items, and coinciding with that are the pipes that run the water. To prevent leaks, cracks, clogs, rust, or any other deterioration of quality, it is important to not strain or harm them in any way.

 

SINKS, TUBS AND TOILETS


These are very simple to clean on the outside. Just grab some cleaning solution and a sponge or rag and wipe it down.

  • Homeowners commonly overlook checking the solution itself to be sure that it doesn’t contain anything that will corrode metal when being washed down the drain. This is also important when using any drain cleaners to eliminate odors or liquid clog removal.

  • If a toilet is clogged, always use a plunger to try to dislodge the clog before using any solutions, special tools, or calling a plumber. Most of the time this will work and save you time and potentially money.

  • Also be sure to NEVER pour grease down the sink drains!

     

PIPES


The pipes in your house allow for transport of water to your sinks and showers. They also carry waste out of your house.

  • To keep this process efficient and problem free, make sure to provide a yearly check on the pipes for cracks and leaks.

  • In Indiana winters, you rely on your pipes to carry hot water to your sinks and showers.

  • To prevent your pipes from freezing in the winter, never turn the temperature in the house below 65°F.

     

WATER HEATER


While checking the pipes, go ahead and check the water heater to prevent you from forgetting later on. The water heater carries the most stress of the process, so closely inspect for leaks, loose parts, and cracks/dents.
  • You may notice that some of the water heater pipes have foam insulation around them. While this is commonly used to prevent accidental burns, they can aid in insulating and keeping your pipes from freezing.

  • Use caution when setting the temperature to prevent scalding. While dealing with your water heater and pipes, for future use, make sure you know where your water shut off valves are located and how to turn them off.