Drain, Garbage Disposal, Leaks, Maintenance, Plumbing Practices, Plumbing System, Water Heater, Water Pressure

As we welcome the New Year, it’s an ideal time for homeowners to reflect on their habits and set goals for a more efficient plumbing system. After all, there’s nothing worse than dealing with a high water bill or a malfunctioning water heater. By following a few simple steps, such as addressing leaks and being mindful of what goes down the garbage disposal, you can ensure that your plumbing system remains in excellent condition throughout the year. So, sit back, relax, and discover eight practical ways to establish better plumbing practices, as recommended by your experts at Lancaster Plumbing & Drain

  1. Water Bill- One of the most effective ways to detect potential plumbing issues early on is by closely monitoring your water bill. If you observe a sudden increase in water consumption without any changes in your household, it could indicate a leak or other problem. By regularly monitoring your water bill, you can identify and address these issues before they become costly and disruptive. 
  1. Leaks- Start the year off strong by taking care of any existing leaks now. Neglected leaks not only waste water but may also indicate underlying issues with your plumbing system. Over time, minor plumbing problems can escalate into more significant complications. Keep in mind that leaks can often go unnoticed in sinks, outdoor fixtures, appliances, and around toilet bases. So, if you are currently experiencing any of these issues, it is important to prioritize resolving them promptly. 
  1. Drain Cleaners- Additionally, it’s important to be aware that most drain cleaners you can purchase in stores contain highly toxic chemicals. Not only are these substances unsafe to have around children and detrimental to everyone’s health, but they can also cause damage to your pipes. Regardless of the material your pipes are made of, those same household drain cleaners advertised to dissolve clogs can also erode your pipes. As a homeowner, it’s best to avoid using these cleaners and instead consider hiring a professional service like Lancaster Plumbing & Drain. We specialize in a wide range of home services and can provide the expertise and solutions you need.  
  1. Drain Screens- To prevent the formation of clogs in your sink and shower drains, it is advisable to utilize drain screens. These cost-effective devices effectively trap hair, food particles, and other debris, preventing them from accumulating and causing troublesome blockages. Additionally, regular cleaning of the drain screens can help prevent unpleasant odors and ensure smooth flow in your drains. Remember, maintaining clean and unobstructed drains is essential for a trouble-free plumbing system. 
  1. Toilets- A continuously running toilet wastes water and can indicate a larger issue with your plumbing system. Therefore, it is crucial to address the problem promptly to prevent water waste and potential damage to your toilet. Plus, if your toilet happens to have any worn-out components, then now is a great time to replace those pieces. This can include but is not limited to the toilet flush handle, the toilet seat, or the float ball inside the tank. 
  1. Water Heater- It’s important to regularly flush and drain your water heater to remove sediment buildup. This simple maintenance task helps improve efficiency and prolong the lifespan of your water heater. Additionally, remember to check and adjust the temperature setting to ensure it’s neither too high nor too low for safe and optimal use. Finding the right balance can save you money on energy bills and ensure your water heater functions properly. 
  1. Garbage Disposal- Not all food scraps are suitable for disposal. Improper disposal can cause clogs and damage to your system. Therefore, it is important to avoid disposing of hard materials such as bones, fruit pits, and fibrous foods like celery or banana peels. Instead, consider composting or throwing these items in the trash.   
  1. Plumbing Maintenance- Similar to how we visit the doctor for annual check-ups, our plumbing systems also require regular maintenance. By investing in a professional plumbing inspection at least once a year, you can proactively identify and address any potential issues before they escalate into more significant and costly problems. Additionally, regular inspections can help uncover areas of water or energy wastage, enabling you to implement more efficient and cost-effective solutions.   

In conclusion, incorporating these eight habits into your routine can significantly enhance the durability and functionality of your plumbing system. Remember, proactive maintenance and mindful usage are key to maintaining a healthy plumbing system. Don’t wait for a plumbing emergency to strike before taking action. Start the New Year right by committing to these simple yet effective resolutions and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a well-maintained plumbing system. Here’s to a fantastic year ahead with fewer plumbing issues and to better plumbing habits in 2024! 

We look forward to servicing your home’s plumbing in the new year! Call Lancaster Plumbing & Drain today (740) 796-8998, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!