5 Things Your Plumber Wants You to Know

If you are a homeowner, you may experience plumbing issues that require calling a professional at some point or another. Finding a professional plumbing vendor that you can develop a friendly relationship with is a really great place to start. They would also like you to know about the following five things.

Know How to Shut Off the Water

This probably seems obvious to you, but many people do not know how to shut off the main water valves to their home, which leads to disaster if a pipe breaks. Locate the water shut off and learn how to use it as a precautionary measure.

Do Not Ignore Problems
Plumbing problems do not go away on their own. That dripping faucet in the bathroom will become damaged and need to be replaced if ignored. It is best practice to call a plumber at the first sign of an issue.

Take Care of the Water Heater
A water heater is one of those things that you take for granted until it stops working. To avoid an ice-cold rude awakening, have a plumber come out and do the following:

• Flush the tank once per year

• Check the anode for oxidation and rust

• Thoroughly inspect the entire water heater

Respect the Sink Disposal
Yes, the sink disposal is there to chew up food bits that you rinse off the plates, but it will not work efficiently without water. Always start the water before turning on the disposal and avoid letting things like meat and potato skins, egg shells and celery come in contact with the unit.

Avoid Doing It Yourself
The biggest mistake you can make is trying to handle a complex plumbing issue by yourself. Anything but the most simple of problems should be trusted to a professional.

Following the five tips above will keep you happy and ensure a positive working relationship with your plumber.

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