Simple Homeowner Tips to Improve the Plumbing System This Year

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Daily use of your kitchen, bathroom, and other plumbing in your home will impact the overall performance of the water system. Are you doing the right things to protect your plumbing and reduce the risk of damage in the future?

Here are a few tips that should be implemented right away if you want to improve the quality of your plumbing:

  • Be Careful with the Disposal: The food grinder might seem heavy-duty, but it won’t hold up with certain types of food. Never put fibrous or stringy waste down the disposal, such as vegetable peels, celery, or poultry skin. Also, run cold water for 15 seconds before and after running the disposal.
  • Keep the Grease Away: One culprit of a clogged kitchen sink is when liquid grease is poured down the pipes. Pour the grease out of the pan into a disposable container, then wipe the pan with a paper towel before washing.
  • Remove Showerhead Mineral Deposits: Hard water can cause deposits to build up on the shower head over time. If mineral deposits are present, then you will experience low water pressure. The problem can be fixed by adding a cup of vinegar in a plastic bag and securing it over the showerhead. Let it sit overnight; then you will be able to wipe away the mineral deposits with a damp cloth.
  • Don’t Flush Anything But Toilet Paper: It might be tempting to throw cotton balls or sanitary products in the toilets. But, these items can build up in the system and lead to clogged lines. Toilet paper is designed to dissolve to accommodate plumbing systems. Never put anything else in the toilet that won’t dissolve.
  • Fix the Leaky Toilet: If the toilet is leaking, then it might consume as much as 40% of the water usage in your home. Instead of letting the leak run, install a new flapper and fill valve to conserve water.
  • Set the Water Heater Temperature: Are you wasting energy by keeping the water heater too hot? Check the settings and make sure that the dial is set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you have questions about your plumbing system, then you need to talk to our expert team here at Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning at (951) 375-6856.