Plumbing System, Drain, Garbage Disposal, Leaks, Maintenance, Plumbing Practices, Water Heater, Water Pressure

As we head into the New Year, it’s a common practice for many to put together their New Year’s resolutions to help improve various aspects of their lives. Today, we are taking this opportunity as your local plumbing company; we want to encourage you to do the same for your plumbing system. It may sound silly, but setting New Year’s resolutions for better plumbing practices in order to keep your plumbing system in tip-top shape is a great move. Issues like a high water bill or a malfunctioning water heater can be an overwhelming experience. We know you want to start the year off strong. So, by following a few simple steps, such as fixing leaks now and being mindful of what goes down the garbage disposal, you can ensure that your plumbing system remains in fantastic condition throughout the year. Come along with us and take a moment to explore eight practical strategies for establishing optimal plumbing practices, as recommended by your experts at Westerville Plumbing & Drain

  1. Water Bill- One of the most efficient approaches to early detection of potential plumbing issues is closely monitoring your water bill. If you observe a sudden increase in your water consumption without any changes in your household, it may indicate a possible leak or other problem. Regularly monitoring your water bill enables you to identify and resolve these issues before they escalate into costly and disruptive problems. 
  1. Leaks- Ensure a strong start to the year by promptly addressing any existing leaks. Neglected leaks not only result in water wastage but could also indicate underlying plumbing system issues. Over time, minor plumbing problems can escalate into significant complications. Bear in mind that leaks often go unnoticed in sinks, outdoor fixtures, appliances, and around toilet bases. Therefore, if you are currently experiencing any of these issues, it is crucial to prioritize their prompt resolution. And if you’re not dealing with any type of leak, that’s great news! Let this point serve as a reminder to stay vigilant for them all year long. 
  1. Drain Cleaners- Another important point we want to address is that most drain cleaners available in stores contain highly toxic chemicals. These substances pose a risk to children’s safety and overall health and can also cause damage to your pipes. Regardless of the material your pipes are made of, household drain cleaners advertised to dissolve clogs can also dissolve your pipes. The drain cleaner will slowly eat away at your pipes and plumbing system, leading to pipe erosion. As a homeowner, it is advisable to refrain from using these cleaners and instead consider engaging the services of a professional plumber, such as Westerville Plumbing & Drain, for all your stubborn blockages and clogs. 
  1. Drain Screens- To aid in the prevention of clogs in your sink and shower drains, consider utilizing drain screens. These cost-effective contraptions efficiently capture hair, food particles, and other debris, thus preventing their accumulation and the subsequent development of troublesome blockages. Just remember to perform regular cleaning to ensure their continued effectiveness and to maintain a clean and odor-free environment. 
  1. Toilets- A continuously running toilet not only leads to water wastage but it may also indicate an underlying issue with your plumbing system. Should you have a continuously running toilet, promptly address the problem to prevent water waste and potential toilet damage. Additionally, while we are on the topic of toilets, if any components of your toilet are worn out, now is an excellent opportunity to replace them. This includes, but is not limited to, the toilet flush handle, toilet seat, or float ball inside the tank. 
  1. Water Heater- Your water heater should be flushed and drained at least once a year. Regularly flushing and draining your water heater is a crucial maintenance task to eliminate sediment buildup. This simple yet essential practice enhances efficiency and prolongs the lifespan of your water heater. Moreover, it is also important to check and adjust the water heater’s temperature setting to ensure it is within the safe and optimal range. Striking the perfect balance not only saves you money on energy bills but also ensures the safety and health of your family concerning your water’s temperature.  
  1. Garbage Disposal- Not all food scraps are in the clear to go down your kitchen sink and into the garbage disposal. Throwing the wrong stuff down the drain can cause extreme clogs and mess up your system. So, it’s smart to stay away from chucking hard stuff like bones, fruit pits, and fibrous foods like celery or banana peels down your drain. Instead, think about composting or just putting them in the trash. 
  1. Plumbing Maintenance- Similar to the way we schedule annual check-ups from doctors, our plumbing systems also require routine maintenance. By investing in a professional plumbing inspection at least once a year, you can proactively identify and address potential issues before they escalate into more significant and costly problems. Moreover, regular inspections can help uncover areas of water or energy wastage, enabling you to implement more efficient and cost-effective solutions.  

In conclusion, incorporating these eight habits into your regular routine can greatly improve the longevity and functionality of your plumbing system. It is important to remember that proactive maintenance and mindful practices are crucial for maintaining a healthy plumbing system. Take action before a plumbing emergency arises. Begin the New Year on the right foot by committing to these simple yet effective plumbing resolutions. Here’s to a successful year ahead with fewer plumbing issues and improved plumbing habits in 2024!    

We are thrilled at the thought of servicing your home’s plumbing system in the new year! Call Westerville Plumbing & Drain today at (614) 540-3437, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!