If you’re looking for fast, efficient, friendly service with a smile, ClearView Plumbing is your best bet. Not all plumbing woes are avoidable, but there are plenty that are. Here are 8 plumbing tips that every home owner should know about.

Don’t throw leftovers down your drain

It’s tempting to scrape off your plate haphazardly and throw the rest in the sink before washing, but leftovers in the drain are a major contributor to plumbing house calls. Thoroughly clean your plate of all debris before turning that faucet on.

Understand that your toilet isn’t a garbage disposal

We can’t tell you how many times we get house calls to people that have flushed things down the toilet that just don’t belong there. Try to avoid throwing things like the following down the drain:

  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • Q-tips
  • Cigarettes

Keep an eye on the faucet

Small drips might not seem like a big deal, but they are far from that. What could be fixed with a simple turn of a wrench could quickly become a bigger deal. A small sink drip could cost you thousands of litres of water per year, too. Take care of them before things get worse.

Overloading fixtures

Your shower head is not a mule or yak. You can’t hang too much around their necks. If you’ve got a large shower rack around them weighed down with heavy bottles, then you run the risk if it breaking. Try placing the bottles outside of the shower or on the wall of the tub.

Knowing where your water shut-off valve is

The shut-off valve could be a lifesaver should you ever need it. In case of emergencies it will save your home from disaster. In other cases, it could help avoid small house calls. Knowing where the shut-off valve is located is essential.

Leave a trickle of water in winter

During the winter in Calgary, frozen pipes are a major hazard and a common reason for plumber house calls. If you leave a trickle of water running every time you leave your home for an extended period of time, you could easily avoid making a call to the plumber.

Learn to work with a toilet

There are a few key pieces at work inside of the toilet that make the water move. It isn’t simple, but it isn’t too complicated either. You could learn a few things about the inner workings and avoid calling us for a running toilet. Learn how to replace flappers, fill tubes, and float apparatus, and you could save a lot of money.

Don’t treat your garbage disposal like a trash compactor

Trash compactors are meant to work with massive amounts of sturdy waste. There’s nothing that they can’t handle. Your garbage disposal is not that. If you continually toss solid, heavy garbage into it, then it’s going to clog up or break. Don’t throw huge amounts of food, thick grease or fibrous foods like onion or potato skins, celery or asparagus in them.

Here at ClearView Plumbing, our expert plumbers love making house calls. It’s their job. If you use these 8 plumbing tips, however, you won’t have to see us that often. Remember, there are many plumbing issues best left to the professionals!

Written by Kyle Lumsden

Kyle Lumsden