Quality plumbing service may be the one thing that saves you the most money this year. This is because proper maintenance has a huge impact on the overall health of your plumbing system. Without proper maintenance, you will face costly repair and replacement services. There are times you need a plumber, but it’s never a good feeling shelling out a ton of money for a clogged drain that didn’t need to happen! Luckily, Eagle Plumbing is here to provide you with maintenance tips for your home to help you prevent a costly mistake.
Here at Eagle Plumbing, we take pride in our knowledgeable staff, and our ability to provide you and your family with quality plumbing service, as well as a wealth of information to help keep your plumbing system well maintained. We are happy to help at any sign of trouble, and will work with you to ensure you understand what steps you can take as a homeowner to prevent a plumbing nightmare.
You don’t have to be a plumber to have an understanding of your home’s plumbing system!
It’s easy as ABC, as simple as 123! Okay, you know how the song goes.
A- Automatic Emergency Water Shut Off Valve
In the event of a plumbing emergency, shutting off this valve can save yourself a lot of clean up, water damage, and mold! Everyone should know where this is.
B- Backflow Preventer
Without a backflow preventer, unsanitary water can mingle and contaminate with your potable water. Consuming this water may make you and your family sick.
C- Check for Leaks
Small, slow leaks can potentially cause damage. They also waste water and money.
Keeping strainers in your drains can help prevent clogs. Keep in mind that, in addition to plumbing service, we also offer drain cleaning services that will ensure your drains are always flowing to the best of their ability.
E- Emergency Sump Pump
An emergency sump pump can be used as a backup when the power goes out, as it is battery-powered.
F- Flush Valve
Worn-out or broken flush valves can waste a ton of water, so it’s important that any issues are addressed quickly.
G- Garbage Disposal
Avoid garbage disposal problems by avoiding food or objects that shouldn’t be put down there! Always ensure to turn off the garbage disposal before attempting to dislodge anything that may have gotten stuck.
H- Hot Water Heater
The right water heater can make a big impact on your energy bill. Talk to Eagle Plumbing for an idea of which water heater is right for your home.
I- Insulating Pipes in the Winter
Thermoelectric tape, along with foam pipe insulation can help keep your pipes from freezing in the winter.
J- J-Hook Water Pipe Hangers
These handy hooks are in the shape of a “J”. They help dampen noise and keep pipes from sagging.
K- Kitchen Sink Drain Chemicals
If you have plastic pipes in your home, sink drain chemicals can eat right through them. Even metal pipes can corrode over time. If you have recurrent clogs in your drains, it’s best to call a plumber.
L- Lift Station
Lift stations pump wastewater from a low elevation to a higher elevation. Have your plumber check it out as part of regularly scheduled maintenance.
M- Magnesium Anode Rods
This is something you may or may not ever have heard of, but how long your water heater lasts is partly dependent on these “sacrificial” rods. They are screwed into the top of the water heater and prevent rust to the water heater itself. They need to be periodically replaced and should be checked by a plumber on occasion.
N- Needle Valve
You’ve probably never heard of a needle valve unless you’ve ever had problems with yours. You can find them in swamp coolers, ice makers, water misters, fountains, etc. They are used to control the flow of water. If they stop working, you could have leakage or a blockage.
O- Older Appliances
Older appliances waste energy and water, and can cause damage when they fail.
Plungers can take care of most minor to moderate clogs quickly, and spare you lots of unpleasant clean-up.
Q- Quick Connect Ball Valves
A quick connect ball valve can often be installed with no tools and can replace older, worn units.
R- Relief Valve
This is an essential safety element that keeps pressure from building up in water heaters. Without this safeguard, there is a risk of the water heater rupturing/exploding.
S- Septic Tank
Schedule pump outs every couple years and have your system inspected regularly. Use best practices, being careful of what you put in your tank, limiting chemicals, conserving water and treating it with care.
If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right? Well, in the case of your toilet, replacing it with a low-flow toilet can save around four gallons per flush. That’s a lot of water conservation!
U- Under Sink Shut-Off Valve
It’s important to know where your shut-off valve is, and to get familiar with it. The under-sink shut-off valve can turn off the water and stop the flow without interfering with the water in other bathrooms and the kitchen.
Vents keep your bathroom from getting moldy by circulating air.
W- Washing Machine Shut-Off Valve
Prevent a huge mess by knowing how to shut off water to the washing machine.
Take care of your plumbing maintenance and your plumbing will take care of you!
Y- Yard Faucets/Irrigation
Periodically examine your yard faucets and irrigation systems.
Z- Plumbing Zone
Do periodic checks of the different “plumbing zones” of your home.
Call Eagle Plumbing today and ask about our plumbing service!