We at Ken Palmer Plumbing would like to keep you educated on being a responsible Santa Barbara homeowner when it comes to taking care of your plumbing.
Below, we have put together a list of plumbing tips that will help you keep plumbers like us away from your house.
For the Bathroom
Keep the bathroom clutter free. Small objects, like Q-tips or cotton balls, could possibly cause a clog if dropped into the toilet. With people going in and out of the bathroom, keeping the space clutter free can ensure that your toilet is running smoothly.
Know where your toilet shut off valve is. Typically located under the toilet tank, this emergency option can stop an overflowing toilet from starting a flood.
Leave a waste bin in the bathroom. Flushing paper towels, napkins, tissues, or tampons can create a clog in the toilet
For the Kitchen
Don’t toss too many food scraps into the garbage disposal. While we all love to take advantage of our garbage disposals, overworking it could potentially cause a kitchen sink clog. Instead, toss the food scraps in the trash or a compost bin.
Avoid pouring grease, oil, and fat down the drain. These oils can solidify to the walls of the drain, restricting water flow.
For the Outdoors
Check your hose bib for leaks. If you are planning to use the hose for some outdoor fun, checking for a leak can save you a lot of water. Follow these simple steps to check for hose bib leaks.
Place your thumb over the spigot. If you have small thumbs, you may want to use your whole hand to cover the opening.
Turn the water on
If you can hold the water in, with your hand or thumb, that means there is a crack somewhere in the piping and water is leaking out.
However, if you feel a lot of pressure and you can’t hold back the water, you should be fine