Helpful Plumbing Tips From Hulsey

Unless it’s specifically labeled septic safe, do not flush it down the toilet! Items such as hair, feminine hygiene products, paper products (other than 'septic safe' toilet paper), wipes, diapers, grease and oils don't belong in your toilet. Even facial tissues like Kleenex can cause clogs because the paper fibers do not disintegrate like toilet paper. In addition to being bad for the environment, it can wreak havoc on a plumbing system causing blockages and failures.

NEVER-EVER pour used cooking oil or grease down your sink!!! Even if you rinse it with hot water and dish soap, grease will cool in the drain, congeal and solidify, and cause a destructive and expensive blockage down the road!

Repair all leaks ASAP! Even though it may not seem like much, a leaky faucet can drastically increase a home’s water bill. Turn off the water supply to the leaking area as soon as the leak is noticed.

Young plumber fixing a sink

Here are some interesting facts about leaks:

  • A faucet dripping 5 times per minute = 7,200 drips per day = 173 gallons/yr
  • Four faucets leaking 5 drips per minute = one gallon a day
  • High water pressure can cause multiple faucets and valves to drip, and often results in even larger leaks.
  • According to data released by the Environment Protection Agency, a toilet that constantly runs could waste about 200 gallons of water a day

Be aware of where the water shut-off valve is located in your home. If it's in a dark, hidden, or hard-to-reach place, gather any tools you'll need for a quick shut-off, and store them nearby. The worst time to try finding them is when you have a plumbing emergency. Knowing where and how to turn off your water can save your home (and your wallet) from serious damage in plumbing-related emergency, and also the time that you get charged in order for a plumbing technician to find them.