Are you getting ready to move into your first house or apartment? Do you know what sort of plumbing issues that you should be on the lookout for? If you've never rented or owned a house or apartment before, your parents or guardians have probably been the ones to handle all of the incidents that may have crept up over the years. As such, you may not be familiar with plumbing problems and how to handle them. Here are some things you can do to help avoid a high repair bill:
Perform annual maintenance: Having a professional come out to inspect your water heater, cold water pipes, and other plumbing can initially seem like a waste of money. After all, if there is no issue, what are they there for? But a good plumber can spot signs of future problems before they actually become problems. If you live in a cold climate, they can look for pipe insulation that is starting to become too old and worn to prevent the pipe from bursting in the winter. They can also spot signs of corrosion that may appear just before a pipe begins to leak seriously.
Avoid the garbage disposal: A garbage disposal can be a useful tool when properly used, but not everyone knows how to use one correctly. Fatty or greasy foods can clog your disposal and coat your sewer pipes, causing clogs in the future. If a food is very fibrous, the fibers can be too tough for the blades to cut and may also clog up your disposal. When unsure as to whether or not a particular food will cause any future plumbing issues with your garbage disposal, your best choice is to simply throw it away rather than trying to grind it up in the disposal.
Call a plumber immediately: Some people avoid calling a plumber for financial reasons. Unfortunately, this can lead to disastrous results. A small issue now, such as a drain that is running somewhat slow, can result in a big problem later, like the clog moving down the pipe and causing all of your drains to be stopped up later. Instead of a bill that is little more than a service call, you could wind up with a repair that costs hundreds of dollars. Avoid this future by calling in a professional whenever you have any plumbing issue. A small investment now can prevent an expensive bill later.
To learn more, contact a plumbing company like Absolute Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Services Inc.