Coffee Chats With Your Plumber: Are Your Plumbing Practices Protecting Your Home?
Your house is not simply a structure, it is your home and deserves the best care. Preventative maintenance, knowledge about your plumbing system and routine observations are key practices to protect your home.
Regular Maintenance: We cannot stress enough the importance of preventative regular maintenance for your home. Similar to an oil change in your car, maintaining your plumbing related fixtures/equipment is essential. For example, tankless hot water heaters should be routinely flushed to avoid scale build up. Not sure what preventative maintenance is right for your home? Contact us today and we can create a customised plan to protect your home and have one of our qualified plumbers perform regular maintenance for you.
Fix Leaks Promptly: When you notice a leak it is important to fix it promptly. There is a potential that it has been leaking undetected for a while and is only now visible! Fixing leaks promptly can reduce potential damage and save money by reducing water usage and therefore lowering your water bill.
Know Where Your Shut-Off Valves Are: Identify the shut off valves for plumbing fixtures and appliances throughout your home, these devices allow you to quickly turn off the water supply in case of an emergency. Also, when you have someone check on your home while you are away, it is a good idea to show them where these important devices are before you leave for vacation.
Overloading Drains: We have heard it from the City of Calgary before - only dispose of pee, poop and toilet paper. Anything else is not meant for your home's drainage system and should not be put down your toilet. Don't forget your kitchen sinks too! Avoid pouring grease, oil, or food scraps down your sink drain, as these can cause costly clogs. Protect your home by being aware of what is being put down your drainage pipes.
Install Water-Saving Devices: The plumbing industry has been blessed with many water-saving innovations, such as low-flow toilets and showerheads which conserve water and save money on your utility bills. When it is time to upgrade your plumbing fixtures and appliances consider water saving devices.
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