Plumbing System, Drain, Garbage Disposal, Leaks, Maintenance, Plumbing Practices, Water Heater, Water Pressure

As we step into the New Year, this is a time that many use to form their own New Year’s resolutions to better different aspects of their lives. As your local plumbing company, we are here to remind you that you can also set new resolutions for better plumbing practices this year. Dealing with issues like a high water bill or a malfunctioning water heater can be a real hassle, right? We want you to start the year off strong. So, let’s follow a few simple steps together – like fixing leaks now and being mindful of what goes down the garbage disposal. By doing these things, we can make sure that your plumbing system remains in excellent condition throughout the year. Take a moment to explore eight practical ways to establish better plumbing practices, as recommended by your experts at New Albany Plumbing & Drain.    

  1. Water Bill- One of the best ways to catch plumbing problems early is by keeping a close eye on your water bill. If you notice a sudden increase in water usage without any changes in your household, it could mean there’s a leak or some other issue. By regularly checking your water bill, you can catch and fix these problems before they get too expensive or cause major disruptions. 
  1. Leaks- Let’s start the year off right by taking care of any leaks you may have. Not only do neglected leaks waste water, but they might also be a sign of underlying plumbing issues. Do you know what happens when minor plumbing problems are left unattended? They can turn into major complications over time. So, keep in mind that leaks can often go unnoticed in sinks, outdoor fixtures, appliances, and around toilet bases. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s crucial to make resolving them a priority. 
  1. Drain Cleaners- Most drain cleaners you find in stores are loaded with super toxic chemicals. Not only are they a major hazard for kids and everyone’s health, but they can also mess up your pipes big time. So, as a homeowner, it’s way better to steer clear of those and think about getting a professional plumber, like New Albany Plumbing & Drain, to handle those extra stubborn clogs.    
  1. Drain Screens- To avoid dealing with clogged sink and shower drains, it’s a good idea to use drain screens. These handy gadgets are super affordable and do a great job of catching hair, food particles, and other gunk, so you won’t have to deal with unnecessary blockages. Just make sure to give them a regular cleaning to keep them clear and odor-free! 
  1. Toilets- Having a toilet that never stops running is not only a waste of water, but it could also turn into a larger problem. If you have a continuously running toilet, it’s really important to address the issue as soon as possible to avoid wasting water and potentially damaging your toilet. And if any parts of your toilet are worn out, now’s a great time to replace them. This could include things like the flush handle, toilet seat, or even the float ball inside the tank.  
  1. Water Heater- It’s important to make sure you regularly flush and drain your water heater to get rid of any sediment buildup. Typically, it’s recommended to have this done once a year. This simple maintenance task really helps improve efficiency and makes your water heater last longer. Oh, and don’t forget to check and adjust the temperature setting to make sure it’s just right for safe and optimal use. Finding that balance can save you some money on energy bills and keep your water heater working like a charm. So, take care of your water heater, and it’ll take care of you! 
  1. Garbage Disposal- Not all food scraps can be tossed away. If you dispose of them improperly, it can cause clogs and harm your plumbing system. So, it’s a good idea to steer clear of hard stuff like bones, fruit pits, and fibrous foods like celery or banana peels. Instead, you should think about composting or simply throwing them in the trash.    
  1. Plumbing Maintenance- Just like we go for annual check-ups with the doctor, our plumbing systems also need regular maintenance. By investing in a professional plumbing inspection at least once a year, you can proactively identify and address any potential issues before they turn into bigger and costlier problems. Plus, regular inspections can help uncover areas where you might be wasting water or energy so you can find more efficient and cost-effective solutions.  

In a nutshell, adding these eight habits to your routine can really boost the durability and functionality of your plumbing system. Remember, being proactive with maintenance and mindful in your practices is key to keeping your plumbing in top shape. Don’t wait for a plumbing emergency to strike before you take action. Let’s kick off the New Year right by committing to these easy yet effective plumbing resolutions. Here’s to a great year ahead with fewer plumbing problems and better plumbing habits in 2024!    

We look forward to servicing your home’s plumbing in the new year! Call New Albany Plumbing & Drain today at (614) 245-3319, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!