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

This New Year, many people are embarking on the beginning of their New Year’s resolutions. And we’re all for it! In fact, now is the perfect time for homeowners to reflect on their habits and make new resolutions for better plumbing practices. Dealing with issues like a high water bill or a malfunctioning water heater can be quite a hassle, right? For this reason, we’re here to help you start the year off strong! Just follow our simple steps like fixing leaks now and being mindful of what goes down the garbage disposal. By doing so, you can ensure that your plumbing system remains in excellent condition throughout the year. So, take a moment to check out eight practical ways to establish better plumbing practices, as recommended by your experts at Mason Plumbing & Drain. You got this! 

  1. Water Bill- One of the best ways to spot potential plumbing issues early on is by keeping an eye on your water bill. If you notice a sudden increase in your water usage without any changes in your household, it could be a sign of a leak or another problem. By regularly checking your water bill, you can catch and deal with these issues before they become expensive and disruptive. 
  1. Leaks- Start the year off on the right foot by taking care of any leaks right away. Not only do neglected leaks waste water, but they could also be a sign of underlying plumbing issues. And you know what they say: small problems can turn into big ones if left unattended. Don’t forget leaks can be sneaky and go unnoticed in many areas like sinks, outdoor fixtures, appliances, and around toilet bases. So, if you’re dealing with any of these issues, make sure to address them as soon as possible.  
  1. Drain Cleaners- Most drain cleaners you find in stores actually have very toxic chemicals in them. Not only are they dangerous for kids and harmful to your health, but they can also mess up your pipes. Yes, those same cleaners that claim to dissolve clogs can actually eat away at your pipes, too. So, as a homeowner, it’s probably best to steer clear of those cleaners and think about getting a professional plumber like Mason Plumbing & Drain for those stubborn clogs. 
  1. Drain Screens- To avoid those unnecessary clogs in your sink and shower drains, try using drain screens. They’re super affordable and do a great job of catching hair, food particles, and other gunk. By keeping these particles from building up, you’ll save yourself from dealing with troublesome blockages. Just make sure you give them a good cleaning regularly to keep things running smoothly and smelling fresh!  
  1. Toilets- Having a toilet that keeps running non-stop wastes a lot of water. So, if you have a continuously running toilet, it’s really important to deal with the issue right away to avoid wasting water and potentially damaging the toilet. Another thing you want to keep an eye out for regarding your toilets is if any parts of your toilet are worn out; this is a great chance to replace them. That includes 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. This simple maintenance task really helps improve efficiency and extend the lifespan of your water heater. Oh, and don’t forget to check and adjust the temperature setting to make sure it’s neither too high nor too low for safe and optimal use. Finding that sweet spot can actually save you some money on energy bills and ensure your water heater works just fine. 
  1. Garbage Disposal- Not all food scraps can be thrown away. If you dispose of them improperly, you could end up with clogs and damage to your system. So, it’s best to avoid throwing hard stuff like bones, fruit pits, and fibrous foods like celery or banana peels down the drain. Instead, you might want to consider composting or just tossing 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 catch any potential issues early on before they become bigger and more expensive problems. Plus, regular inspections can help you find ways to save water and energy so you can be more efficient and save money. Our team of experts is here to take care of all your home service needs, from plumbing to HVAC and electrical systems. Give us a call today to schedule your inspection and have peace of mind knowing that your home and plumbing are in good hands.     

So, to sum it up, incorporating these eight habits into your routine can really boost the durability and functionality of your plumbing system. Remember, being proactive and practicing good habits is key to keeping your plumbing healthy. Don’t wait for a plumbing emergency to strike before you take action. Let’s start the New Year off right by committing to these simple yet effective plumbing resolutions. Here’s to a fantastic 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 Mason Plumbing & Drain today at (513) 298-6996, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!