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What Homeowners Should Know About Their Home’s Plumbing System

As a homeowner, your plumbing system is an essential part of your home. It’s responsible for bringing fresh water into your home and carrying waste away. While it’s easy to take your plumbing system for granted, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how it works and how to keep it functioning correctly. Here are five things that every homeowner should know about their home’s plumbing system.



Know Where Your Shut-off Valves Are Located

The main shut-off valve for your home’s water supply is typically located near the water meter or where the main water line enters your home. It’s essential to know where this valve is located in case of an emergency, such as a burst pipe or a major leak. By shutting off the water supply at the main shut-off valve, you can prevent further damage to your home’s plumbing system and minimize water damage.


Regular Maintenance is Key

Regular maintenance is essential to keeping your plumbing system functioning correctly. This includes tasks such as cleaning out your drains, inspecting your pipes for leaks, and flushing your water heater. By keeping up with regular maintenance, you can catch small issues before they become significant problems.


Water Pressure Matters

Water pressure is the force at which water flows through your plumbing system. Your home’s water pressure should be between 40 and 80 pounds per square inch (PSI). If the pressure is too high, it can damage your plumbing fixtures and appliances. On the other hand, if the pressure is too low, it can be a sign of a leak or clog in your pipes.


Know What Can and Cannot Go Down Your Drains

Many homeowners are not aware of what can and cannot go down their drains. Certain items like grease, oils, and fats should never go down your kitchen sink, as they can clog your pipes. Likewise, flushable wipes, feminine hygiene products, and paper towels should never be flushed down your toilet. It’s critical to be mindful of what you put down your drains to prevent clogs from forming. For example, instead of pouring grease down your sink, you can pour it into a container and dispose of it in the trash.


Hire a Professional for Major Repairs

If you have a major plumbing issue, such as a burst pipe or a sewer line clog, it’s best to hire a professional plumber. Attempting to fix these issues yourself can be dangerous and cause further damage to your home’s plumbing system. Professional plumbers have the tools and expertise needed to identify and repair plumbing issues quickly and safely. By hiring a professional, you can ensure that your plumbing system is repaired correctly and that the issue is resolved for good.


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When you need help managing your home’s plumbing system, the master plumbers of Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating are here to help. We handle everything from minor plumbing maintenance services to major plumbing repairs. With over 20 years of experience, there’s no one better to trust with your plumbing than Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating. Contact us today!

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