5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know about Plumbing

It can sometimes be expensive to rely on the many services available nowadays, like work provided by electricians, HVAC specialists, and plumbers. There will be times wherein you will need the help of a professional plumber, for example, but if you have done a bit of homework, you might be able to solve some simple plumbing problems yourself. Montano Homes thinks you should know these simple plumbing topics for some ample preparedness.

1. Beware of what you flush

The toilet is not a trashcan. There are things that people commonly flush that should never go down the drain. Things like feminine products, so-called “flushable” wipes, even paper towels are no good to go. Anything other than human waste and toilet paper should go into trash bins, not the toilet.

Also be vigilant of things like rice and grease when dealing with a garbage disposal in your sink, as those have a habit of clogging pipes as well.

2. Know where your pipes are

If you are going to be doing some redecorating, you might find yourself wanting to put nails in the wall or drill some holes. If this is the case, make sure you do so with a stud finder to avoid accidentally puncturing any pipes that may be hidden in your work area.

3. Know where the shut-off valves are

The shut-off valve is an important part of your plumbing system. Knowing its location is crucial, as is knowing the location of other things like the breaker box, hot water heater, and main water valves. When you move into a new home, take some time to familiarize yourself with the locations of all these important installations, as well as letting all of the family members know.

4. Be careful when tightening bolts or screws​

Sometimes, when repairing a leak, it might be tempting to over-tighten the problem area to ensure that no more problems arise in the future. The problem here is that over-tightening is a problem itself, as it can lead to damage to screws or bolts by stripping or breaking them. You should make sure these connections are tight, but make sure you also know not to go overboard.

5. Have a supply of plumber’s tape handy

Plumber’s tape can prevent leaks by simply sealing pipe threads around their fittings and joints. An easy preventive measure to keep things working smoothly.

We at Montano Homes hope you can use these tips to save money and keep your home safe for your family. Feel free to come take a look at our website for more information.

By Montano Homes | 7-31-2020