Hello fellow Pittsburghers! Tomorrow we will be heading into the New Year of 2014. Whether you are celebrating by bar hopping down in the crowded Southside or plan on watching the Ball drop from the comfort of your own home, it’s time to start making your soon-to-be-broken resolutions now.
But not all resolutions were made to be broken! We think part of everyone’s resolutions should be initiatives to take better care of yourself, your family and friends and your home. This includes your plumbing too. So what can you do to ensure your plumbing functions better this year? I got a few of our crewmen together and we started to brainstorm a list of easy ways to avoid a visit from the plumber. Here is what we were able to come up with:
Don’t just throw everything from your plate in your disposal. Learn what can go in your disposal and what doesn’t. Also be sure to run water whenever you use your disposal to eliminate waste buildup that causes unwelcome odors in the house.
Your toilet isn’t a dumpster. Flushing things such as Q-Tips, hair, tissues, wet wipes, plastic medication containers should not be tossed in the toilet to be flushed later. There are bathroom trashcans for a reason!
It’s easy to scale back on how much water you use on a daily basis. Even simple adjustments such turning the water off when brushing teeth can save as many at 3,000 gallons of water a year. You’ll suddenly notice that your wallet grew a few inches at the end of each month.
It’s nice to change your bathroom’s look a little bit. Switching up the decor can be refreshing to everyone in your house and guests that regularly come over. Even simple updates such as replacing faucets or installing cabinets can have a significant impact on your bathrooms utility and value. However, larger jobs are most likely best left to the professionals.
Don’t let your pipes get beat up in the winter by cold temperatures. Burst pipes can be an extreme inconvenience and a very expensive fix. Make sure they’re properly insulated to avoid such disasters.
Hopefully this list gives you some insight on how you can take better care of your home in the New Year. Follow this advice and you should have minimal plumbing problems around your house. However, if you’re ever in a pinch and need the help of a professional plumber give us call.