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5 things everyone should know about their plumbing

Is your plumber’s phone number saved in your phone? In a plumbing emergency, you’ll want to be able to reach your plumber right away. However, in order to prevent or mitigate an emergency, it’s best to be familiar with a few basics. Here’s what everyone should know about their plumbing.  


1. Where to find the shut-off valve

In a plumbing emergency, knowing how to turn off your water supply can prevent a major flood and subsequent water damage. This valve is usually located somewhere along the perimeter of your building close to where the municipal water comes onto your property.


2. Which plunger to use

Every home or business should have a plunger to deal with minor clogs in drains and toilets. However, many people don’t know that there are different types of plumbing tools for different kinds of blockages. A standard plunger with a simple cup is best for sinks and other drains set in flat surfaces. The shape of a toilet requires a plunger that has a flange or flat edge along the bottom of the cup, allowing it to create the air-tight seal required to plunge a clog.


3. What not to pour down the sink

Though the sink may seem like an ideal place to get rid of oil, fat and grease, these cooking by-products are likely to harden as they cool and collect in your pipes. This can create blockages and clogs that require professional intervention. Instead, collect grease in an old milk carton or other disposable container and throw it in the trash.


4. How to tighten your taps

When you turn off your faucet, you may be tempted to give the tap an extra turn to ensure there are no leaks or drips. However, this will only lead to premature wear on the washer in the tap, requiring you to repair or replace the faucet quicker. Never over-tighten your taps.


5. How to maintain your appliances

Appliances like washing machines, water heaters and dishwashers can cause major plumbing problems if they aren’t properly maintained. To avoid issues, locate the water shut off valves for each machine and study the owner’s manuals to learn what maintenance is required.



Keep a professional plumber’s information handy

Have a plumbing problem you need to fix? A plumber from Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating can help. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to set up a visit to your home or business in Vancouver, Surrey or elsewhere in the surrounding areas.

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