When it comes to the plumbing in your home, it is important to be as “in the know” as you can possibly be so as to avoid major issues. This is perhaps the most important when it comes to your bathroom plumbing. Your bathroom happens to be one of the few rooms that you use only on occasion but serves as ground zero (aside from your kitchen) for prospective plumbing disasters. There is just so much that can go wrong, and given the nature of what your bathroom is used for, this can be a horrifying experience to go through.
As with most things, being as proactive as possible can help you head off most issues in your bathroom plumbing. Unfortunately, many homeowners just don’t have the wherewithal to get this knowledge under their belt.
Here are a few things you should know about your bathroom plumbing but probably don’t:
1. Shutting Off the Water – You must understand one fact – your bathroom will have an issue at some point, and because that issue deals with water, you need to act fast to make sure extensive damage doesn’t occur. In an emergency, it is important to know where your main water shut-off valve is and how to operate it.
2. Find Your Clean-Out Plugs – Back-ups will happen, so it’s good to know where your clean-out plugs are so that you can attend to clogs in a very direct way so as to remedy the problem. When you’re having your home built, or when you’re taking the time to walk through your prospective new home’s inspection, find out where the clean-outs will be.
3. Shut-Off Valves for Your Fixtures – Plumbing fixtures have shut off valves, which is the first line of defense when trying to shut-off water before tackling the main water shut-for valve. Quick thinking at the source can help avoid disasters.
4. Fix Your Faucet Drip – It may seem like just a few drops here & there, but over time, the amount of water wasted through a drippy faucet adds up & costs you serious money. Making this small repair can be one of the best cost-effective moves you can make.
5. Be Aware of Water Temperature – Be sure to regulate the hot water in your home, especially when it comes to your bath & shower time. Depending on the temperature, you could cause skin burns in seconds. It’s also important to notice the temperature of your water in general because if your sink, shower, or tub is having a tough time regulating temperature, it may be time for a repair or replacement of hardware.
6. Don’t ‘Trust’ Your Plumbing – Make it a priority to have a plumber inspect your home’s plumbing systems once a year. They will be able to let you know if you’re facing any particular issues in both the short-term & long-term. Plus, it helps to have a dependable plumber on your side in case you have any plumbing emergencies.
7. The Little Things – As a final note, but no less important, it is key to notice small changes in your bathroom. Whether it’s an ‘off’ smell, rust near a drain, or hairline cracks in porcelain fixtures, anything that is not normal may mean that something needs to be addressed as soon as possible before it can get bad.
Knowledge is power, and taking the time to get to know your bathroom plumbing is the most proactive stance you can take as a responsible homeowner.