Some home projects can be considered do-it-yourself. The problem with do-it-yourself plumbing is that water is persistent and will always find a way out. This means that any error in a plumbing project can wreak havoc on your house and your budget. Homeowner plumbing mistakes can mean big bucks to plumbing companies in NYC. Here are a few tips for homeowners to help prevent common plumbing issues before they become do-it-yourself plumbing projects.
One of the leading causes in homeowner insurance claims is busted water hoses going to the washer. Replacing the rubber hoses with stainless steel ones greatly reduces the potential of facing water damages due to this easily solved problem.
A homeowner should always know where their main water shutoff valve is. You do not want to be stuck in a position where you are screaming frantically while your leak is spewing water all over your wood floors because you did not know where the main shutoff is. You can minimize the amount of damage done to your home by a leak, by simply being able to turn the water off before too much damage is done.
Use a drain strainer or hair snare to avoid a costly blockage call. Using a drain strainer will prevent those pesky hairs from causing more frustration. While you are at it, make sure you regularly clean the soap scum out of the drain. Accumulating soap scum can clog the pipes as well.
Do not use liquid clog removers on toilet clogs. They eat away at the pipes and will lead to more costly repairs down the line. The plunger is a good replacement or even better, call a professional drain cleaner.
Those name brand “flushable” baby wipes are not flushable. Baby wipes are one of the leading causes of clogged toilets. They do not break down the same as toilet paper, eventually causing a clog, so do not dispose of them in the toilet.
Follow these tips and you will avoid unnecessary emergency calls to plumbing companies in NYC. Some plumbing problems are unavoidable and if you run into one, please contact the licensed and insured plumbing professionals at Kew Forest Plumbing. For over 60 years we have helped maintain the NYC plumbing. A knowledgable plumbing representative is standing by and we would be happy to help answer any questions you may have.