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

As we begin the New Year, it’s customary for many to form their own New Year’s resolutions for all aspects of their lives. With that, we believe homeowners have a great chance to reflect on their habits and make new resolutions for their plumbing systems. Dealing with issues like high water bills or a malfunctioning water heater can be a hassle. So, we want to help you start the year strong. By following a few simple steps, such as fixing leaks and being mindful of what goes down the garbage disposal, you can keep your plumbing system in excellent condition all year round. Without further ado, take a moment with us to explore eight practical ways to establish better plumbing practices recommended by your experts at Middletown Plumbing & Drain.  

  1. Water Bill- One of the best ways to detect plumbing issues early on is by closely monitoring your water bill. If you see a sudden increase in your water usage without any changes in your household, it could mean there’s a leak or another problem. Regularly keeping an eye on your water bill helps you identify and fix these issues before they become expensive and disruptive. 
  1. Leaks- Start the year right by promptly addressing any existing leaks. Neglected leaks not only waste water but may also indicate underlying issues with your plumbing system. Over time, small plumbing problems can become bigger complications. Remember, leaks can often go unnoticed in sinks, outdoor fixtures, appliances, and around toilet bases. So, if you’re currently experiencing any of these issues, it’s crucial to prioritize resolving them promptly. 
  1. Drain Cleaners- It’s important to note that most drain cleaners available in stores contain highly toxic chemicals. Not only are these substances unsafe for children and detrimental to everyone’s health, but they can also cause damage to your pipes. Regardless of the material your pipes are made of, the same household drain cleaners that claim to dissolve clogs can also corrode your pipes. As a homeowner, it’s best to avoid using these cleaners and instead consider hiring a professional plumber like Middletown Plumbing & Drain.   
  1. Drain Screens- To avoid clogs in your sink and shower drains, consider using drain screens. These inexpensive devices effectively catch hair, food particles, and other debris, preventing blockages. Just remember to clean them regularly to keep them clear and odor-free! 
  1. Toilets- A continuously running toilet not only wastes water but may also indicate an underlying issue with your plumbing system. It’s important to address the problem promptly to prevent water waste and potential toilet damage. Moreover, if any parts of your toilet are worn out, now is a great time to replace them. This includes the toilet flush handle, toilet seat, float ball inside the tank, and more.  
  1. Water Heater- Regularly flushing and draining your water heater is important to remove sediment buildup. Per industry standards, it’s recommended to do so at least once a year. This simple maintenance task improves efficiency, extends the lifespan of your water heater, and can save you money on energy bills. Another thing you’ll want to check concerning your water heater is to check and adjust the temperature setting of your water as needed. You want to verify that the temperature is safe and the most optimal. Finding the right balance ensures the proper functionality of your water heater and the safety of your family.  
  1. Garbage Disposal- Not all food scraps can be disposed of in the garbage disposal. There are many things that should not be placed down the drain. This is because improper disposal can cause clogs and damage to your system. To avoid these issues, do not dispose of hard materials like bones, fruit pits, or fibrous foods such as celery or banana peels. Instead, consider composting or throwing these items 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 once a year, you can proactively identify and address any potential issues before they become bigger and more expensive problems. Nipping the problem in the bud is always a great idea. Plus, regular inspections can also help you find areas of water or energy wastage so you can implement more efficient and cost-effective solutions.  

In summary, incorporating these eight habits into your routine can greatly improve the durability and functionality of your plumbing system. Remember, proactive maintenance and mindful practices are crucial for keeping your plumbing system healthy. Don’t wait for a plumbing emergency to happen before taking action. Start the New Year right by committing to these simple yet effective plumbing resolutions. Cheers to a great year ahead with fewer plumbing issues and better plumbing habits in 2024!    

We look forward to servicing your home’s plumbing in the new year! Call Middletown Plumbing & Drain today at (937) 298-9979, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here