With the help of a few small changes or simple upgrades, you can easily safeguard your house against possible issues and save money on repairs. This is especially important for certain parts of your home that can cause significant damage if a problem occurs, and plumbing is one of them. Plumbing issues can result in clogged drains and toilets, low water pressure, and even house flooding. Therefore, instead of dealing with a problem when it occurs, here’s what you need to do to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Cooking grease cools and hardens as it goes down the kitchen drain, often leading to a clogged drain that’s so gooped-up it requires a plumber to clean and repair.
Instead of sending grease down the drain, pour it into an empty milk or juice carton, and then dispose of it in the regular garbage. Your pipes will thank you.
Remember also to regularly maintain your garbage disposal to prevent it from becoming clogged or overworked, leading to an early (and expensive) replacement.
Pipe insulation is as important as the insulation of the rest of your home. During winter, water can freeze inside the pipes and cause costly problems. In order to avoid this, you should check your pipes, especially those in the attic, basement, crawlspace and outbuildings, since they are particularly exposed to the risk of freezing. Once you’ve done with the audit, you should insulate the pipes using fibreglass, space heaters and foam board.
If you think your toilet might be leaking but you’re not sure, a good place to start your maintenance check is in the tank at the back of the toilet. In some cases, the flapper, which is the rubber cover at the bottom of the tank that releases water during a flush, warps out of shape and allows water to leak. This is an important part of the toilet and inexpensive to replace, so it has to work perfectly. To check if it’s faulty, put a couple drops of dark colored food coloring into the tank and leave it overnight. If there’s color in the bowl the next morning, your flapper needs to be replaced.
No one likes a ripe bottom, and so the market for pre-moistened wipes has grown over the past decade. But recently, news outlets like The Guardian have highlighted concern from municipalities that have experienced sewage back-ups and residential contamination from what they allege are wipes that don’t break down in the septic system. While manufacturers for the wipes contend that other items (baby wipes and paper towels) and poorly-labeled brands are at fault, it’s probably best to stick to toilet paper unless you’re certain a flushable wipe is meeting industry standards for breaking down in water.
Maintaining the main valve is of utmost importance, since it regulates the water flow in your entire home. This doesn’t require much effort – all you need to do is check whether it works properly from time to time and deal with a possible problem the moment it occurs. In addition, you need to know exactly which valve is the main one, since you’ll have to turn off water in case of severe flooding. If you’re going to be away for a while, you should shut off the main valve until you come back.
Do you want more Lemont IL real estate tips and news? I’ve got you covered. Just subscribe to my Lemont IL real estate blog with the form on the bottom to get Lemont IL real estate news and tips delivered right to your inbox.