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By following this general household plumbing advice from your Phoenix Plumber, you can save yourself some trouble on down the road.

 

Do

  • Call your utility provider before digging.
  • Open and close all of your household valve at least two times during the year.
  • To prevent seizing on valves that don’t get much use, spray them with WD-40 a few times a year.
  • When you buy a new house or buy new appliances, keep your warranties handy for all water related appliances, your Phoenix Plumber may be able to bill the manufacturer instead of you!
  • Keep a diagram of the sewage system in case of emergencies.
  • Have your Phoenix Plumber expert’s phone number handy.

Don’t

  • Never dig holes or trenches before located utility lines.
  • Plant anything over sewer lines.
  • Leave the water turned on to hoses for dishwashers, washing machines, or garden hoses when they are not in use.
  • Hire a Phoenix Plumber who isn’t a verified professional.

 

Outside Water Facets

Keep these outdoor tips in mind according to your Phoenix Plumber.

Do

  • Turn off all of the outside valves in the wintertime and cold climate, although we don’t get much of that in Phoenix, keep it mind.

Don’t

  • Leave the garden hose attached to the spout, especially when it gets cold.

 

Water Supply Pipes and Valves

Take these do’s and don’t from your expert Phoenix Plumber about pipes and valves.

Do

  • Open sink and cabinet doors in the winter to prevent freezing of lines.
  • Insulate the pipes that have the risk of being exposed to very cold temperatures.
  • De-thaw frozen pipes with a hairdryer.
  • Let the sinks drip on very cold nights.

Don’t

  • Use torches or open flame to de-thaw frozen pipes.

 

Drains

When it comes to drains, your Phoenix Plumber has a few tips to keep them operating as they should.

Do

  • If a sink or shower isn’t used very often, such as one’s in a guest bedroom, run them once a month to keep them from clogging.

Don’t

  • Never put coffees grounds into your sink, EVER!
  • Keep your trash cans under the sink, they can damage the drain.
  • Use a drain cleaning agent that contains lye.
  • Pour any kind of fats or oils into your sink.

 

Toilets

Toilet problems are the most common reason someone calls a Phoenix Plumber. Follow this advice to avoid common problems.

Do

  • Inspect your household toilets for leaks.
  • Oil parts in the back of the toilet that are above water level.

Don’t

  • Flush kitty litter.
  • Pour hot water into the bowl.
  • Try to flush sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, or paper towels.
  • Use a mechanical cleaning device on the toilet.