Plumbing Tips for the New Year

Plumbing Tips for the New Year 

A new year is approaching which means it’s time to set new goals, create positive habits, and prioritize the things that mean the most to you. While your plumbing may not be exactly high on that list, it plays a larger role in your everyday life than you may realize. Ensuring that it is functioning properly is essential as it allows you to have access to clean water and it removes waste. Start this year off strong with helpful plumbing tips from the experts at Stephens! 

Know How to Locate Your Main Water Shut Off Valve 

Your main water shut off valve is what can stop the flow of water to your entire home. Why is this important? In the event of a burst pipe or flooding from a water leak, turning this valve off can prevent serious water damage from occurring. Knowing how to locate your main water shut off valve is critical in emergency situations. The shut off valve is typically located either on the exterior of your home or inside on a wall that can be found toward the front of your home. 

Avoid Putting Certain Waste Down the Drain 

It’s so easy to just flip a switch to turn on your garbage disposal. However, there can be serious consequences if waste goes down that does not belong. The purpose of a garbage disposal is to grind up food waste that can then effectively pass through your plumbing. Unfortunately, certain waste can cause clogs. To avoid blockage, it is important to never put coffee grounds, eggshells, bones, thick fruit and vegetable peelings, rice, pasta, grease, and oil down the disposal. 

Repair Leaks in a Timely Manner

A leak can present itself in different ways. You may notice water itself dripping from the faucet, water underneath plumbing fixtures, or an increase in your monthly bill. It is critical that you contact a plumber to get the issue under control because if not done in a timely manner or left untreated, severe damage can occur as a result. 

Stay Away From Harsh Drain Cleaners 

Another important plumbing tip is to stay away from harsh drain cleaners. Drain cleaners can have toxic chemicals in them that do more harm than good. Not only are they hazardous to your health, but they can also cause pipes to corrode. Learn some helpful DIY recipes for drain cleaner here!

When In Doubt, Call Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning

For additional guidance or questions regarding your plumbing, look no further than Stephens! Our family-owned business has been operating since 1986, helping local homeowners and businesses with a variety of repair, replacement, and installation needs. Whether you need repairs, scheduled maintenance, or a brand new system installed, we can get the job done properly and efficiently. Our team has always strived to provide expert work you can trust, excellent customer service from technicians who have been thoroughly trained and educated to master their craft, and unbeatable prices. Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning proudly offers a number of plumbing services, some of which include emergency plumbing, bathroom and kitchen plumbing, drains and pipes, water backflow, and much more. To schedule an appointment, contact us today.