Congratulations on your new home! Becoming a homeowner is the American dream. However, as a homeowner, all of the home maintenance and emergencies now fall on your shoulders. There is no landlord to call to unclog your sink or fix the dishwasher. So here are some maintenance tips to help you out prevent major plumbing issues:
Maintenance tips and small fixes:
- If the toilet is constantly running, check the ball or flapper in the water tank to see if it is completely closed. If the chain is too tight, loosen it. Also check to see if the water level is higher than the overflow pipe and adjust the water level as needed.
- Run your dishwasher and washing machine at night or at off times to conserve water temperature and water pressure. During off hours, the house’s water won’t be diverted elsewhere and will allow for higher pressure to be delivered to the machine.
- Clean out the washing machine lint trap regularly and put a wire trap or a piece of pantyhose over the end of the hose that drains the washer.
- Never put hard-to-grind waste into the disposal (i.e. chicken skins, bones, carrots, celery, or banana peels). This could clog the drain.
- Run cold water down the drain for about 15 seconds before and after using the disposal to flush waste down the main line.
- Don’t pour fats or cooking oils down the drain—the oil and fat will harden in the pipes and create clogs.
- Make sure all drains have a strainer to prevent hair, soap, and debris from clogging the drain lines.
- Make sure yard drains, gutters, and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris.
- Check to make sure there are no flammables stored near the water heater or furnace.
- Check the date of the water heater. The first four numbers of the serial number on the water heater are the month and year. Any heater over 15 years old may need to be replaced.
- Know where and how to shut off the main water valve.
- Buy the plunger before you need it and place it next to each toilet.
If your plumbing problem is worse than you can handle on your own, call the professionals at DC Drains at (949) 689-7021.