Top 10 Consumer Tips for your house Plumbings

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Texas Five Star Realty, Plano Texas

Top 10 Consumer Tips for your house Plumbings

As you know, Plumbing is one of the most expensive types of repairs/services in a house. The following shows a list of top 10 tips for taking care of your plumbing:

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(1) You should knowthe Location of (and how to shut off) your main water shut off valve to the whole house. This is very helpful in emergency situations (forexample, in case of in-home flooding or major leaks).

(2) When going on vacation make sure to shut off your water to the whole houseThis could prevent potential flooding from any leaks that may occur while you aregone.

(3) Once a year, drain your water heaterThis prevents build-up of sedimentwhich will help to prevent premature rusting.

(4) Testing the water pressure to your home will identifany problems with the "pressure reducing valve" (PRV). You can check the water pressure yourself with a gauge purchased at a local home improvement store.

(5) Many types of clogs can be avoided by using common senseDo not pour grease down the kitchen sink, and do not wash coffee grounds down the sink. Use chemical cleaners only when necessaryDo not flush larger itemsuch as feminine hygiene products down the toilet.

(6) Thousands of people are scalded by tap water everyear. The Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association recommends thathe full-on hot water temperaturat the faucet be set between 120° and 125° F.

(7) Use cold water when the disposal is operatingYou can clean your disposal by grinding ice cubesWhen your disposal needs a little fresheningjust grindsome lemon peels. Of course, you should read your maintenance manual.

(8) Insulate those pipes before it gets cold! When temperatures are at or below freezing, running a steady drop of hot and cold water from your faucet's maykeep your pipes from freezing.

(9) Make sure that vents (ventilating fans) are installed in your kitchen and baths. These rooms can produce a lot of moisture. Ventilating fans are great, but will be of no use if they are not turned on.

(10) Always make sure that the person working on your plumbing is licensedYou can request to see his plumber's licenseAlways get the price for the repair in writing before they begin the job.

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#2    It amazes me that people will go out of town for days, or even weeks, and not cut off the water to the house!

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