It always seems like the toilet backs up, the pipes start to leak, and the faucet stops working at the most inconvenient times. Then, to make things worse, it usually happens late at night, early on a workday morning, or on the weekend when it’s harder to contact a plumber. There are a few things homeowners should know and that Plumbers in Ft Washington MD wish they knew. With this information, owners can prevent plumbing disasters or minimize their effects until the experts arrive.
Use Drains Wisely
Grease and fat can’t be poured down the kitchen drain even if it’s accompanied by a steady stream of hot water. As it cools, grease hardens, and solid fat in the pipes can cause some severe issues. Allow the grease to cool in the pan and put it in the trash instead.
Let the Faucets Drip During the Winter
While it may seem wasteful to some, letting the faucets drip can prevent the mess that comes with frozen pipes. When the water’s not running, it stagnates in the lines. As the temperature drops, the water freezes, causing pipe cracking and other damage. If the temperature’s expected to drop below freezing during the night, open taps slightly before going to bed.
The Garbage Disposal Isn’t a Trash Can
Despite its name, a garbage disposal isn’t made to handle large amounts of trash. Disposals can’t handle significant amounts of food scraps or anything containing bones or fibers. It’s better and safer to toss these scraps into the trash can.
Not All Problems Require the DIY Approach
Though homeowners like to save money by doing their own plumbing fixes, the DIY approach can be costly. While a homeowner may be able to tighten loose nuts or unclog a toilet, there are many issues requiring the tools, skills, and knowledge only Plumbers in Ft Washington MD possess.
Take Care of the Water Heater
Many people take their water heaters for granted, but that’s a mistake. It’s important to flush the water heater’s tank at least once per year to prevent internal rust that’s due to sediment buildup. Call a plumber to drain the tank and the unit will last longer.
These are just some things local plumbers want their customers to know. Check out our website to stay updated on the latest plumbing tricks and tips, or call us today to schedule service.
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