5 Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners
As a first-time homeowner, it can be overwhelming to know how much planning and work goes into caring for your new home. When it comes to your plumbing, there are many ways you can protect your home from potential disastrous and costly problems. To help you here is a list of easy tips to help you maintain you home and be a responsible homeowner.
- Locate your water main shutoff valve. In the event of a plumbing emergency, you will need to know where your shutoff valve is located. The last thing you need during an emergency pipe leak is to search around your house for the shutoff valve. There is already a plumbing emergency, you don’t want gallons and gallons of water flooding your home and destroying your property.
- Routinely clean your shower drain. It might look like the creature from the black lagoon, but ignoring it can cause clogged drains. Take the time to clear that hair and debris from the shower. Your pipes and your pocketbook will thank you later.
- On that note, never use a liquid drain cleaner. Instead, use a snake or call Jim Dandy Sewer and Plumbing, 206.633.1141 to unclog a pipe. Inexpensive snakes can be purchased at home improvement stores and having one located in your home is a great way to keep drains free and clear from debris.
- In winter, cover your outdoor pipes and detach garden hoses to prevent frozen pipes. If the water in your pipes freezes, it can expand and cause a pipe to break. If the pipe bursts when you are away from home or out of town, you could come home to a flood.
- Emergency numbers. Keep the Jim Dandy Sewer and Plumbing phone number on hand for both emergency and large-scale plumbing needs. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 206.633.1141
As sewer and plumbing experts we also recommend that you keep the number handy of your local water utility service. In all major cities in the Puget Sound Area you should report plugged storm drains around your home, sewer back-ups and any flooding you see near your home or in your neighborhood.
Here are the numbers and website listings for some of the larger cities in our area. If you don’t see your city listed here a simple Google search of your city name followed by public utilities will produce quick results.
Seattle Public Utilities 206-684-3000 http://www.seattle.gov/util/MyServices/DrainageSewer/
Bellevue 425-452-4187 http://www.bellevuewa.gov/wastewater_intro.htm
Mountlake Terrace 425-670-8264 http://www.cityofmlt.com/162/Utilities
Shoreline (206) 801-2700 http://www.cityofshoreline.com/government/departments/public-works/utilities
Tacoma (800) 752-6745 https://www.mytpu.org/tacomawater/