Even though people underestimate the efforts that plumbers do, this job is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, the incredible plumber, and the YouTube Sensation, Roger Wakefield, believes that everyone should have the know-how about the basics of plumbing to prevent getting into the hot waters in the midst of a plumbing emergency.
“The issue is that people do not don’t invest their energy in knowing the basic nitty and gritty of the plumbing, and they don’t even budge about maintaining it regularly. However, when it suddenly stops working properly, or we run into a problem, we end up booking an appointment with the plumber,” says Wakefield. Roger Wakefield has earned a Master’s license in Medical Gas, Water Supply Protection Specialist, Multipurpose Residential Fire Protection Sprinkler Specialist, and Responsible Master Plumber is also an Accredited Professional (AP) of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBCI).
The expert plumber emphasizes that even though dealing with plumbing problems is not fun, it is vital to take precautions to avoid basic plumbing issues. Below, Roger Wakefield reveals top plumbing tips that will help avoid some of the biggest pet peeves when it comes to your pipes.
Say No To Grease
When you eat greasy food happens when you dump grease or oil down the drain, it will eventually clog the system. The fat and oil build up over time, and because it will not cause trouble on the spot, you will never notice it. “People think it is totally fine that as a liquid, oil is going where it should go: down the grain. However, it is wrong, little by little, that grease and oil will clog your pipes and leave you with some severe plumbing problems, ripping your wallets off,” says Wakefield.
Be mindful of your pipes before pouring that cooking liquid down the drain and opt for a safer disposal option. For instance, please wait for the fat to solidify before throwing it in your compost bin.
Use Strainer as A Second Nature
Clogs are one of the most common plumbing problems, and when it comes to a shower or sink drain, it can become gross and messy thanks to hair and soap residue.
Avoiding the icky is as simple as using a basket strainer. This will help prevent time-consuming and unpleasant tasks in the future.
Check Before You Flush
There are certain things that should be flushed and certain things that should definitely not be flushed.
If you start flushing things other than toilet paper and bodily waste down the toilet, you could cause some stubborn clogs that we’re betting you really don’t want to deal with. The list of things that should not be flushed includes hygiene products, cotton balls, prescription medications, and all things that are not degradable.
If you’re noticing that your toilet becomes clogged more and more frequently, some additional causes could be the root of your problem.
Be Mindful of Your Main Water Valve
Plumbing isn’t one of the things that you actively learn about, but it is essential to know where your main water valve is and what to do if there is an issue. A water emergency could occur at an unfortunate time, and so knowing where the main valve is, serves to be essential. As you can rush to turn off your main water valve, helping you reduce the destruction until a plumber comes to your service, if you don’t know where it is, you’re going to spend a lot of time scrambling while your home sustains significant water damage.