Have you recently purchased or are about to purchase your first home? Do you want to make sure that you keep everything in good condition for as long as possible? When you own a home, it's a good idea to have the number of a reliable plumber on hand at all times, just in case. But in order to avoid having to call unnecessarily, there are some things that you should keep in mind about your plumbing system. Some of these things include:
No fryer oil: Oil is a liquid. Your pipes are made for liquids. It seems to make sense that you can pour fats and grease down your kitchen sink for disposal. Unfortunately, this can cause you serious problems in the long run. You're almost certainly aware of how certain fats can congeal on your pots and even vegetable oil has a habit of sticking around for longer than you'd like. This behavior will persist and can be even worse in your sewer pipe where it can cause sewage to stick together and cling to your pipe's insides. In order to clean out the sewer line, you'll have to call your local plumbing services company to clear out the blockage. Always find a way to dispose of your fryer grease and bacon fat than simply dumping it down the drain.
Don't ignore dripping faucets: For many people, the "solution" to a faucet that's dripping is to try to force the handle past the shut-off point. While this may work initially, it can also exacerbate the problem. When you force a faucet in this manner, there is a good chance that you will cause the faucet handle to break off or to otherwise become useless. If you have a drippy faucet, you can either call your local plumbing services company or you can try replacing the rubber sink washers to see if that fixes the problem.
Take pictures before doing anything: Replacing a sink washer or retrieving a ring lost down a sink drain are things that seem easy at first glance. As such, you'll probably be tempted to attempt these tasks yourself rather than calling in a professional who's qualified to perform various plumbing services. Unfortunately, it's almost always easier to take things apart than it is to put them together again. Take pictures of the whole process so that you know exactly what goes where when you start to put it back together again. If you do wind up having to call a plumber anyway, you'll have photos to show how things were before you got started so that there's no confusion.