Plumbing Tips

July 16, 2017

Hey Ladies & Gentlemen,


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








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