Plumbing FAQ for First-Time HomeownersIf you’ve never owned a home before, you may be surprised by the array of maintenance tasks your landlord was (or should have been) performing behind the scenes. HVAC upkeep, roof inspections, duct cleaning (don't forget the dryer vents!), pest protection—your home’s structures and systems depend on you to keep them in good shape for as long as you own the home. Here are a few common questions you may have about your home's plumbing needs.
Q: What can I do on a daily basis to avoid plumbing problems?
A: You probably already know several healthy plumbing habits; homeownership just adds a little incentive to keep them in mind.
- Avoid putting non-flushable materials down the toilet. Clogs and/or septic tank damage can be costly!
- Garbage disposals have their limits. Make sure you know what should and shouldn't go into yours.
- Keep pets away from water lines. Garden hoses, washing machine hoses and ice maker tubing can all be temptations if your furry friend is a chewer.
- Be vigilant for leaks and get them repaired promptly. Leaks waste water and can lead to mold, mildew and structural problems.
Q: What are some seasonal plumbing maintenance tasks?
A: If the temperature in your area drops below zero in winter, you may need to check your pipe insulation. A burst pipe can cause a lot more damage than you might expect.
In the spring, be sure to flush and check your sprinkler lines before putting the system back into service. A leak or blockage could lead to flooding.
Summer is a great time to do any repairs and upgrades you've been putting off.
Autumn leaves may cause your gutters, downspouts and other outdoor drainage to clog up just when you need them most. Keep them clear and in good condition for the winter ahead.
Q: What should I do annually to keep my plumbing running as it should?
A: Yearly preventive maintenance appointments with a plumbing professional can help ensure your system is working properly. At ARS®/Rescue Rooter®, that service includes inspection of all fixtures and drains, checking water pressure and flow, drain maintainer treatment, leak checks and more. Call us at 1-800-277-9400 today for more info or to schedule an appointment.