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Tips for Home Plumbing Care

The best way to stay ahead of problems with the plumbing around your home is to invest in at-home maintenance. Just a few care steps can go a long way toward helping your plumbing have a nice long life span that is largely issue-free.

When you do have a reason to schedule plumbing repair in Gaithersburg, you can give our team a call for assistance. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about five ways you can take care of your home’s plumbing system and prevent major problems.

1. Locate Shut-Off Valve

This one is not quite a care tip, but it can come in handy in the case of a plumbing emergency. It is important for you to be able to identify the location of the emergency shut-off valve for your home’s water source. In the case of a major leak that is flooding your home, turning off the water completely will help prevent additional damage. Otherwise, you may be left searching for the emergency shut-off valve and wasting precious minutes during a plumbing emergency.

2. Skip the Chemicals

When it comes to tough drain clogs, we encourage you to stay away from drain cleaning chemicals. We know that they can be convenient to stop and pick up from a local hardware store. However, drain cleaning chemicals can do more harm than good. 

Sure, they are abrasive enough to break down tough clogs. But they also break down your plumbing fixtures, too. Plus, drain cleaning chemicals are known to leave behind a residue that can actually attract more particles and lead to clogs again in the future. 

3. Monitor for Leaks

Your water meter has a leak detector on it. You should check your water meter regularly for signs of a leak. After all, leaks can happen out of sight where you can’t identify them right away. If you’re not sure how to monitor for leaks on your water meter, give your local water company a call and ask for guidance. They should be able to walk you through the steps for using your meter to identify potential leaks.

4. Insulate Pipes

If you have pipes outside of your home that are exposed to the elements, we encourage you to invest in insulation. For example, you may have a house that sits up off the ground with pipes underneath. The pipes that are between your house and the ground need to be insulated. You can also invest in covers to place over outdoor water faucets for the colder days of winter when temperatures drop below freezing. This can go a long way toward preventing frozen pipes that can burst and leak. 

5. Protect Drains

If you do not already have mesh drain covers in place on all of your drains, it’s a good idea to invest in them. These removable covers have a tightly woven mesh design that allows very few particles of debris to go down your drains. 

You can remove these covers as often as you need and wipe them down to throw away the debris instead of allowing it to go down your drains. After all, the existing drain covers usually have large holes that allow significant pieces of debris to go down your drains, whether it is food, soap, or even hair.

Ready to get started? Call or click to talk to a team member at Tucker’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing today. Your Whole House Approach to Comfort.

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