Plumbing Maintenance Tips for the New Year

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You have invested a lot in your home, creating a place of solace and shelter for your family. With the new year upon us, now is a great time to make sure that your plumbing doesn’t disrupt that solace. At Vern’s Plumbing, we have some plumbing maintenance tips for you that will keep your home’s plumbing working throughout the new year.

Look For Leaking Pipes

While it sounds simple, pipe leaks may not be so easy to spot. A pinhole leak may start as a slow drip or spray, and depending upon the location may go unnoticed for a while. Look for stained drywall and ceiling tiles, a telltale sign of a leak that requires the assistance of a plumber in Culpeper, VA.

You may also have a leak outside the house in your supply pipes underground. Keep an eye out for new, rapidly growing vegetation or extra moisture and standing water. This could be a sign of a supply pipe leaking in the ground. This is a situation that warrants the services of our professional plumbing company.

Know the Location of Your Shutoffs

Every homeowner should know the location of their main supply line shutoff to kill the water supply to the house quickly in an emergency. But what about other shutoffs? You should know the location of the shutoffs for each of your fixtures, from bathroom faucets to tubs and showers. Often these will be under a vanity cabinet.

If you don’t have shutoffs for a fixture, you should have them installed at your next service call. Without a shutoff, if the fixture develops a leak, you will need to shut off water to the entire house for the duration of the plumbing repairs. Also, if any of the shutoffs are rusty, stuck, or leaking, replace them immediately.

Protect Your Kitchen Drain

Hair, food particles, coffee grounds, and other items may find their way into your kitchen drain. Mesh drain protectors lay over the drain and catch these items before they enter the drain and cause a clog that requires plumbing services. These assure you of a cost-effective way to keep your kitchen drain in great condition.

These are only a few ways to help your plumbing stay in great shape. If you are looking for more ways to maintain your plumbing, speak with Vern’s Plumbing. Feel free to call us or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment.

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