Aside from plumbers, the plumbing system in our houses can be very confusing and vague for most of us. This means that for most fixes on your plumbing system will have to be done by a professional plumbing service. However, there are many small preventative maintenance items you can complete to avoid having to call a plumber. Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks for preventative maintenance on your plumbing!

Unclog Drains

Over time, your shower and sink drains are inevitably going to get clogged up with hair. Unless you have a drain trap, the hair will just keep piling up until water won’t even flow down the pipe. If you wish to avoid this problem entirely and not have to pull out a glob of hair when it happens, you should unclog your drains on a regular basis. If you do it every month or two, it’s fairly simple to unclog and will prevent a full clog from happening.

Check for Leaks

A great preventative maintenance tip is to check all of your appliances and pipes for possible leaks. You should check appliances like your washing machine, dishwasher, and fridge if it makes ice or dispenses water. Not only this, but you should also check any exposed pipes you have in your home. A good place to check for these is going to and from the water heater. If you do find a leak, it’s a good idea to call a plumber. Staying on top of the small leaks before they get larger is key to preventative maintenance and saving money in the long run.

Find Your Main Shut-Off Valve

Although a fairly simple step, it’s very important to know where the main shut-off valve for your water is. In an emergency, this can be a lifesaver. If you develop a leak somewhere in your plumbing system you can just go and turn off the main shut-off valve, which will prevent the leak from continuing. It’s also crucial to know the locations of the shut-off valves for your fixtures in case of an emergency.

These are just a few preventative measures you should take when it comes to your plumbing system. For any fixes besides preventative maintenance, you should give your local professional plumber a call. At Knight Plumbing we offer 24/7 emergency services, so no matter when you have a problem we’ll be here to help. Give us a call today so we can start helping you with your plumbing questions!

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