Arroyo Grande plumbing maintenance may not be all that glamorous, but it is an important part of your home’s value! Protect your investment, conserve water, and save on energy costs with the handy home plumbing tips below.
While it might be tempting in the busy morning rush, don’t make back-to-back showers a habit. It’s best to wait 10 minutes or so between showers to ensure proper water pressure all day long while avoiding stress on your home’s plumbing system.
The only things you should be flushing are waste and TP. No tampons. No wipes. Even if they’re labeled as ‘flushable’ it is safer to skip.
SAY NO TO CHEMICAL CLOG REMOVAL PRODUCTS
Avoid using chemical clog removal products that can cause more harm than good. These products can actually corrode cast-iron pipes.
WATER HEATER KNOW-HOW
Fall is here! That means our water heaters are starting to work a bit harder as seasonal temperatures cool down. You can help your water heater perform at its peak by keeping it set to 120° Fahrenheit. Griffin Plumbing can also help you flush out your water heater to remove sediment and prevent corrosion. This will help your water heater last longer and run more efficiently.
IT’S A TRAP!
Make it a habit to clean out laundry lint traps with every cycle.
By running your dishwasher at night, you can conserve hot water and maintain better water pressure throughout the daytime.
BE GOOD TO YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL
Before you dispose of food down the disposal, be sure to turn your water on. You can also avoid clogged kitchen drains by allowing cold water to run for about 20 seconds after using the disposal. Running the cold water helps flush food down the main line. Do your best to avoid putting stringy or fibrous foods down the disposal – think celery, potato peels, and banana peels. Why? They’re tricky to grind up and can wear down the garbage disposal.
ALL THAT AND THE KITCHEN SINK
You can prevent clogs by making sure cooking oils and grease doesn’t go down the kitchen sink. Butter can be a troublemaker too because it can congeal inside pipes and block the flow of water.
Take a peek at your showerhead and faucets. Do you notice any white buildup? If so, your home may have a hard water problem. Hard water has a high mineral content that isn’t good for your home plumbing system. When these minerals (typically calcium or magnesium) build-up, they restrict water flow inside your pipes, increasing pressure and corroding fittings. The simple solution is to call Griffin Plumbing. We’ll install a water softener straight away. Traditional water softeners use sodium to counteract the minerals in your water while more modern models utilize electromagnetic pulses to dissolve the mineral buildup without adding sodium to your water.
CHECK FOR LEAKS
You have the power to prevent plumbing problems by periodically checking for leaks! Where? Under the sink, faucets, and showerheads are a good start. Be on the lookout for signs of moisture like watermarks or mold. When it comes to your home water faucets, turn them on to test whether water comes of the handles. If it does, Griffin Plumbing can help. Be sure to check your drains too. If you notice any bubbles or slow drainage, be sure to contact Griffin’s Arroyo Grande plumbers right away.
Keep your family safe (and clean!) with a plumbing system that runs smoothly and efficiently. By thinking about your plumbing before a problem pops up, you can save on a large bill and inconvenience down the road, not to mention messy damage. You can schedule a proactive plumbing inspection today. Book an appointment online or call your friendly Arroyo Grande plumbers at (805) 934-1949.