Knowledge is Power. Know Your Home Plumbing
The age old saying that knowledge is power is a very true one. The good folks at John the plumber Hamilton believe that everybody should have a basic knowledge of your home plumbing. Even if you have no clue at all, we feel that you can feel educated in an area you may generally leave to the professionals. No matter how old you are, learning the basics of your home plumbing is a great thing. We are going to give you some ideas of things that every residential homeowner should know.
Your Water Supply
In regards to plumbing first things first. You should always know where your main water supply is. There may come a time where you need to shut this off in emergency and trying to guess where it is and how to shut it off can cost you a lot. Even if you are house-sitting it is a good idea to know if you’re going to be there for a few days. Poke your nose into the basement and take a look as to where it is. Most main water meters in Hamilton are in the basement of your home, on the side closest to the city street, though this is not always the case. The first thing you should do when you purchase a new home is to find where the water meter is and take a look at the shut offs.
Check the Average
Speaking of water meters, you should also have a pretty good idea of what the average water bill is for your area and size of home and it’s occupants. Even a toilet that’s running can triple a water bill in a month! Knowing what the average is in your neighborhood in Hamilton is a great idea.
Generally worthwhile to know is a little bit about the drain pipes in your home. You should know the locations of your cleanouts and understand basically how they work. If you have a sump pump, you should have a clear understanding of how they operate and what their primary function is. That way if they are not functioning or functioning below average you can hopefully prevent a disastrous problem.
Though technically not a plumbing issue, you should also always know where your gas supply is in your Hamilton home, and how to shut it off In case of an emergency.
Most of your homes will have shut offs installed, like at the toilet and under the sinks. Take a look and make sure they work and are doing their job and not leaking or corroded.
Knowing where the shut off valve inside your home is for the garden hoses outside is also imperative. These should always be shut off before winter and the water drained out so to prevent any ice buildup and cracked pipes.