5 Facts to Learn about Your Home Plumbing

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5 Facts to Learn about Your Home Plumbing

Keep your home's plumbing system in its best shape by learning as much as you can about how it works. In this post, you'll learn a little more about the plumbing tools, pipe insulation, and just how costly plumbing leaks can be.

Every Plunger Is Different

Many households only have one type of plunger in the home. It's either a flat plunger or a bell plunger with a flange. To keep clogs out of your home's drains you actually need to have both types of plungers. The reason for having two plungers is that they're meant for different fixtures in the house.

The flat plunger is a sink or floor drain plunger. The flat surface fits over the drain and allows for better suction.

Toilets need a different type of plunger. A sink plunger won't do the trick because it doesn't fit perfectly over the hole in the toilet. Instead, toilets need a plunger with a flange that gets inside the toilet drain and creates a tight suction.

The good news is that each of these types of plungers is inexpensive. So, if you want to keep your home's drains free of annoying clogs, head to the home improvement store to get a sink and a toilet plunger.

Plumbing Needs Insulation

You know the importance of insulating your home to protect against extreme cold and heat loss, but did you know that your plumbing benefits from insulation too? Insulating your home's pipes reduces heat loss when water travels from the water heater through the pipes to the plumbing fixtures in the home. It also reduces energy and utility costs. For added energy savings, consider purchasing an insulating blanket for your water heater. Check with a licensed plumber to learn more about the pipe insulation process.

A Leaky Faucet Needs Repair ASAP!

When most people think about costly water leaks, they think about hidden leaks like slab leaks. These are the leaks that form in water pipes under the home's foundation and result in things like low water pressure and spikes in water usage. It causes structural damage to the home. However, that leaky faucet in your master bedroom's bathroom that you've decided to live with, is actually just as costly as a slab leak, if not more. Leaky faucets and showerheads waste hundreds of gallons of water every month. Over a year, that adds up to quite a lot of extra money paid out on your monthly water bill. The good news is these leaks are easy and inexpensive to fix.

You're Responsible for Sewer Line Repair

Yes, the city maintains part of the sewer line that services your home, but most of the line is your responsibility. When sewer lines fail, don't expect the city to take care of the problem. Make sure you have your sewer line inspected regularly for leaks, cracks, and other problems to prevent a costly repair.

Septic Can Be Converted

Septic TankDid you know that many homes qualify for septic to sewer conversion? If you're tired of maintaining your property's septic tank, the good news is, you can convert your septic tank into a sewer. If there is a main sewer line on your street or near your property, you may be able to hook your plumbing to it.

To find out more about your home plumbing, contact the professionals at The Pink Plumber.