Important Tips to Help With Your Plumbing

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Important Tips to Help With Your Plumbing

Written by Jim Marinelli          

Last year, we had a plumbing mishap at our home.

We are grateful for the knowledge we gained from the plumber and renovation crew that worked with us during the process. So, we thought it would be a nice idea to share what we learned with our neighbors. Hopefully, you all can benefit from this knowledge as well. In our case, the plumbing became obstructed and created a back up to our powder room toilet causing flooding on our main floor. This flood led to some extensive repair work. While we had always done general maintenance on our septic tank and were careful about what we flushed down the toilet, there were things we never considered, such as the clean-out valves or pipe grade.

To help prevent damage to your home from a costly backup, here are a few points to consider:

  • Have a clean out valve installed on the outside of your home. Most of our homes in Wynfield have the clean out valve in the basement, which means if it is opened the drainage will happen in your home. Also, when you install the clean-out valve outside have a release valve installed so if there is a backup the water and waste will flow out side in your yard and not back up on your hardwood floors.
  • Have the pipe that leads from your home to your septic tank inspected. Sometimes builders use inferior grade pipe. If your home builder used an inferior grade pipe, as the ground settles it can crush the pipe and restrict the flow, which can lead to clogging.
  • Do not flush anything but toilet paper down your toilets. Even if something says it is flushable, like flushable wipes, it likely will not completely break down and could create an obstruction.
  • Have your septic tank pumped every 5 years or so. Consider this preventive maintenance. Better to spend a little money to maintain your system than a lot of money on repairs or to replace cherished items.
  • Know where your water shut off valve is and how to use it. If there is more than 1 water valve, i.e. main, hose bid, water filter, etc, LABEL THEM so everyone in the family will know which one to shut off in an emergency.

Following these basic steps will prevent many of the pitfalls of home ownership regarding your plumbing!

Cheri Fleming
Cheri Fleming
Board Of Directors