If you’re currently renting an apartment or home it’s important to familiarize yourself with the plumbing on your property. It can be a real nightmare to have a problem with your plumbing! But Richardson Plumbing wants to give you some plumbing tips for renters to make sure you can prevent any issues you many have!
Know Your Home
Ask your landlord for a tour of your home’s plumbing system. It’s important to get to know how it works in case of an emergency. Make sure to ask where the main water shutoff valve is located. If your water heater happens to break, then you know exactly how to fix the problem to prevent further water damage. Simply turn off the water valve and call your landlord. Although swimming pools are fun, it’s not fun to have one in your basement! Never be afraid to ask your landlord questions. You should know if there have ever been any problems with plumbing in the past so there are no surprises.
Keep Your Sink Clean
Never pour things like moisturizers, grease, shaving creams or bacon grease down any of the sinks in your home. This is just asking for a backed up sink! Prevent sink backups by using a drain-cleaning product like Drano or even household products like white vinegar and baking soda every couple of months.
Winterize Your Plumbing
Wintertime and your plumbing system don’t always get along very well. It’s important to winterize your plumbing so that your pipes don’t freeze during those colder months. Make sure to turn off the outside water and disconnect any hoses. Also, it’s important to let your sinks drip during the winter so that they don’t freeze over!
Invest in Strainers for Your Drains
Even if you’re good about cleaning out your drains every couple of months, backups and blockage can still happen. But using a strainer on all of your drains can help prevent backups from happening. They catch hair and food that can accidentally go down your drain and clog your pipes. And that’s just a nightmare to deal with! Especially if your home doesn’t have a garbage disposal, it’s really important to invest in a strainer. According to Simply Good Tips, these are really cheap to come by. It’s something small that you’ll thank yourself for in the long run.
We hope that these plumbing tips for renters helps you and your landlord. However, if you do happen to run into any problems with your plumbing that you can’t fix yourself, Richardson Plumbing will help you out if you’re in a bind. We want to be your first call for plumbing service in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding area.