Helpful Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners
Becoming a new homeowner is the American dream. However, as a homeowner, all of the home maintenance and emergencies fall on your shoulders. There is no landlord to call to unclog your sink or fix the dishwasher. So, read through these plumbing tips and keep them handy.
When Jewelry Falls Down the Drain
Watching a ring, earring, or other jewelry fall down the drain can be a heart-stopping event. If this ever happens to you, don’t panic and use these tips:
- Turn off the water.
- Place a bucket under the drain trap, which is the pipe shaped like a “J.”
- Loosen and disconnect the nuts at both ends of the trap.
- Remove the trap and shake it out into the bucket.
- Reattach the drain trap.
You certainly want to be prepared for an overflowing toilet or a clogged sink. Keep a plunger in each bathroom and one for the kitchen sink.
If you have a double kitchen sink, you may need two plungers. Use one to cover the drain of the sink without the clog, and the other plunger for the dirty work.
Water and Gas Main Valves
One of the first things you should do as a new homeowner is locate the water and gas mains. In the event of an emergency, such as a burst pipe, a burst water heater, or a gas leak, it’s imperative to act fast to turn off the flow of water or gas.
Make a list of important phone numbers for the systems in your home. Keep the list handy, such as on the refrigerator or anywhere you will always remember. The list should include an HVAC contractor, a roofing contractor, the gas company, an electrician, and your trusted plumber that gives you great plumbing tips!
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues — especially HVAC and plumbing issues — so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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