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Flashback Friday: In-home Plumbing Tips


Plumbing systems are pretty simple – they use pressure and valves and you just have to keep them Plumbing suppliesdry and warm so problems don’t arise. Here are a few tips that can alert you to small problems in order to avoid bigger problems in the future.

Warning signs of a potential in-home plumbing problem:

  • damp cabinets
  • leaking or dripping faucets
  • wobbly toilets
  • leaking refrigerator, dishwasher or washing machine

What you can do to help preserve the integrity of your in-home plumbing:

  • To save yourself money and the plumber time, know where your home’s main water shut-off valve and sewer stack are located. (This also includes the valves for washing machines, icemakers, sinks and toilets. A stud sensor can also detect pipes and wiring to help you locate valves.)
  • Insulate exposed pipes in a crawl space or in the garage with plastic or foam insulation.
  • Apply insulating caps to outdoor fixtures.
  • If you plan on being away from home for a few days, open taps to a small trickle to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • For leaky shower heads, replace the washer.
  • Fit tub and shower drains with strainers to catch hair and clean them regularly.
  • Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket.
  • If you have hard water, you probably have a build-up of mineral deposit on your shower head. Remove the build-up by putting one cup of distilled vinegar in a plastic bag, immerse the shower head in the vinegar, secure the bag to the shower head with a twist tie and let it soak overnight.
  • Check washer hoses for bulges and leaks as well as sediment build-up where the hose connects to the piping.
  • Ensure the water heater temperature is not set above 120°F, or “medium” for older water heater models.
  • Reduce water pressure and install water softener to expand the life expectancy of your in-home plumbing pipes. Normal pressure will register between 40 and 85 psi.


To find out how to help protect your residents in the event of an in-home plumbing emergency, visit www.utilitysp.net.

5 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: In-home Plumbing Tips

  1. no doubt about the article .
    It’s absolutely good quality.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. I noticed that my toilet is a little wobbly. I didn’t know that it could be a sign of a plumbing problem! I’ll make sure I get a professional to take a look at it. If I tried to handle this myself, something would probably go wrong.

  3. Extremely wonderful sharing on in-home plumbing discusses the basic issues very clearly.

  4. Extremely wonderful sharing on in-home plumbing discusses the basic issues very clearly.

  5. I like the list of warning signs you mentioned. I think we might have something leaking because I’ve noticed a puddle of water in our kitchen and we’re trying to figure out what it is and the cabinets are a little damp. We’ll have to take your advice and see if we can figure out what the problem is.

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