7 Things A Homeowner Should Know About Their Plumbing

If you own a home, plumbing repairs are unavoidable. Whether it’s fixing a leak, clog, or repairing a pipe, being knowledgeable about what to do when a plumbing issue occurs can save you valuable time and money. Rest assured, you don’t need to know everything. Rainaldi plumbers are always here to help you if a plumbing issue occurs in your home.
 
Below are seven plumbing tidbits that will help you become more knowledgeable about your home’s plumbing.
 
Wasting water can hurt your bank account and the environment.
In an average home 9,000 gallons of water are wasted running the water while waiting for warm water to come out.
 
Leaks do matter. A dripping faucet that fills an 8 oz. glass of water in 15 minutes will waste 180 gallons of water per month. That’s why it’s important to know how to read your water meter and water bill. This is the easiest way to catch a leak. If you find yourself needing help we offer state of the art leak detection services.
 
Plumbing emergencies do happen. In the case of one, it’s important to know where the main water shutoff valve is so that you can stop the flow of water to the entire house. A main shut off valve is commonly found near the front foundation wall in a basement, in a crawl space, near the water heater, near the kitchen sink, or outside in an underground pit at or near the property line.
 
Not all plumbing problems require you to turn off all the water in your home. In the case of a small leak, knowing where the faucet shutoff valves are should suffice. Most sinks, toilets, and water heaters have their own shut off valve.
 
Do you know what the number one cause of leaks in a home is? The answer may surprise you. High water pressure is the answer. Your home’s water pressure should be 80 PSI or lower. Buying a water pressure gauge or calling your local water company will help you find out what your home’s water pressure is.
 
Do you have a well or water line? Do you know how to access either of the water sources? This becomes extremely important when you are thinking about having construction done. Don’t forget to have your water lines located to avoid any damage during construction.
 
Regularly maintaining your water heater is essential to keeping it running at its best. It is recommended that your water heater tank be drained and flushed once every year to remove sediment in your tank.