Plumbing Essentials 101: What You Should Know About Your Plumbing

As you read, the plumbing in your home snakes water underneath the floor, and through the walls and the ceilings. It is one of the biggest and essential systems in your house, and as the Wisdom of Solomon has it, you must know it inside out, or at least as best as possible. 

The following are the plumbing essential questions every home owner must have the answer to. Their answers will not only aid you in being control of a major system, but also have the answers to mitigate damage during dangerous situations, and hence keep the maintenance costs in check. 

The Essential Plumbing Questions

Where is your home’s water source? Do you know how to shut it off? 

The first thing that you have to do in case of a major leak is to turn off the water flow from the source.  Normally, the main valve is located at the meter, or if you have a well, where the well supply comes into the house. At times, multiple shut off valves are also present, located at both the meter and at the house. Find them!

Do you know how to shut off the water supply to the heater?

If you do not want to be left out of hot water for cooking, showers, and dishwashing until the heater is repaired, locate the shut off valve.

Do you know where your fixture shut off valves are?

Every sink and toilet has an angle stop (aka, the shut off valve). Find out where they are and whether they are designed for repeated usage over long periods. Use them accordingly. Then again, find out how to shut off water to each appliance and avoid using the main shut off valve every time a major appliance causes problems.

Do you know how to read your water meter, and the bill? 

You should keep your budget in check, and ensuring you’re being billed properly is one of them. Knowing how to read your bill also gives you an early warning of leaky plumbing. Your local water company can help you read your bill and meter. 

Do you know how to check your water pressure and maintain it under 80 psi?

High water pressure is the number 1 cause of leaks. Water pressure can be measured using water pressure gauge. You can purchase an easy to use water pressure gauge for less than $10, or ask your local water company. 

Do you know the type of waste disposal system that is installed at your place, and where the clean out plugs are? 

The waste system can be either a sewer or septic. Resolving clogs becomes a far simpler task when you know where it is, and how to use it. 

Do you know where all the A/C condensation lines are?

Condensation water from the air conditioning units, if not drained properly, can seep into the wall and cause extensive water and mold damage to the building.

All the best with mastering your plumbing essentials! For any queries and professional help, feel free to get in touch with us at Bonfe!

2 thoughts on “Plumbing Essentials 101: What You Should Know About Your Plumbing

  1. Wow, I had no idea that I could buy a personal water pressure gauge for less than 10 dollars. I’ve heard that by purchasing your own you can save yourself a significant amount of money in the long run. I’m living in an older house right now and these tips may come in handy soon, thanks!

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