Did you know that this year, Justin Dorsey Plumbing is celebrating 40 years of providing incredible plumbing services to Hoosier home and business owners?! To commemorate this milestone, our team would like to share 40 things you should know about plumbing for your home or business.

Maintaining a healthy plumbing system is crucial for both comfort and safety. From knowing how to shut off your water in emergencies to investing in preventative measures, there are many tips and tricks that can help you keep your plumbing system healthy.

  1. Know the Location of Your Main Water Shut-Off Valve: Familiarize yourself with the location of your main water shut-off valve and how to operate it. This knowledge can be invaluable during plumbing emergencies, like burst pipes, when turning off the water can save you from more damage to your property.
  2. Check for Leaks Regularly: Perform routine checks for leaks in faucets, pipes, and appliances to prevent water damage and waste.
  3. Understand Your Plumbing System: Learn the basics of your plumbing system, including how water flows, drainage, and venting, to better troubleshoot issues and communicate with plumbers. This will allow you to solve minor issues on your own while relying on the pros for more serious needs.
  4. Invest in Quality Fixtures: Opt for high-quality plumbing fixtures and materials to avoid frequent repairs and replacements. These fixtures can also help save water, making them better for the environment.
  5. Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners: Chemical drain cleaners can harm your pipes and the environment. Instead, opt for alternative methods to clear clogs. Try snaking your drain or calling a professional to help out.
  6. Schedule Maintenance Checks: Regular maintenance checks with a licensed plumber can help identify and address potential plumbing issues before they escalate.
  7. Insulate Pipes: Prevent freezing and bursting pipes by insulating pipes in cold areas of your home or business. You can do this with thermal tape or foam tubing on your own.
  8. Be Mindful of Flushing: Only flush toilet-friendly items to avoid clogs and potential plumbing disasters. Things like wipes and feminine products should be put in the trash.
  9. Install Water-Saving Devices: Save water and lower utility bills by installing low-flow toilets and aerators. This not only helps the environment, but it’s also better for your wallet.
  10. Address Minor Issues Promptly: Don’t ignore minor plumbing issues, as they can worsen over time and lead to costly repairs.
  11. Learn to Use Plumbing Tools Safely: Familiarize yourself with tools like plungers and snakes to safely clear clogs without damaging pipes. If you are ever worried you’re going to cause more harm than good, call a professional.
  12. Prioritize Ventilation: Proper ventilation in bathrooms and kitchens helps prevent mold and mildew growth.
  13. Clean Plumbing Fixtures Regularly: Maintain your plumbing fixtures to prolong their lifespan and keep them functioning properly.
  14. Check Your Sump Pump: Keep debris out of your sump pit. Be sure to check your float that it’s moving up and down with ease by manually activating it.
  15. Watch for Water Damage Signs: Be vigilant for signs of water damage such as stains, odors, or warped flooring. These should be addressed immediately.
  16. Handle Fixtures with Care: Avoid applying excessive force when operating plumbing fixtures to prevent damage. If your fixtures aren’t working properly, they need maintenance, not more pressure.
  17. Maintain Your Water Heater: Properly use and maintain your water heater for optimal performance and efficiency. Drain the tank when necessary and insulate the pipes and heater.
  18. Know Your Sewer Cleanout Location: Keep your sewer cleanout accessible for maintenance purposes. You want to be able to guide a plumber when they come to help.
  19. Educate Yourself on Pipe Materials: Understand different pipe materials and their pros and cons. This can help you make informed decisions when it comes to your plumbing.
  20. Avoid Pouring Grease Down Drains: Grease and oil can cause blockages, so dispose of them properly instead of pouring them down drains.
  21. Ensure Proper Drainage: Maintain proper slope and grading around your property to prevent water buildup.
  22. Monitor Water Pressure: Know your plumbing system’s recommended water pressure and install a pressure regulator if necessary. If you notice low water pressure when showering or washing dishes, it’s a good sign that something isn’t working properly.
  23. Address Leaks Promptly: Don’t ignore plumbing leaks; address them promptly to prevent water waste and structural damage.
  24. Know Building Codes: Familiarize yourself with local building codes when making plumbing modifications or installations. If working with professionals, ensure they are licensed to guarantee they know the laws in your area.
  25. Monitor Your Water Bill: Sudden increases in water bills could indicate hidden leaks. When this occurs, call a professional.
  26. Invest in Backup Systems: Consider backup sump pumps or generators to prevent basement flooding during power outages. This is especially important in the Midwest, where power outages due to unpredictable weather are frequent.
  27. Be Careful with Landscaping: Avoid damaging pipes when landscaping near underground utility lines. Be sure you do not dig too deep into the ground where you might hit a pipe and be aware of where your pipes are.
  28. Understand Gas Line Safety: Know how to shut off gas lines safely in case of a leak.
  29. Recognize Gas Leak Signs: Learn the signs of a gas leak for prompt action. These include the smell of rotten eggs, hissing sounds, dead plants, and higher-than-normal gas usage.
  30. Use Garbage Disposals Wisely: Avoid overloading garbage disposals to prevent clogs and damage. Be sure not to throw things like pits of fruits in the garbage disposal to prevent damage.
  31. Install Water Alarms: Consider installing water alarm systems for added protection against leaks and flooding. These alarms let you know when there is a problem occurring.
  32. Winterize Outdoor Faucets: Properly drain and winterize outdoor faucets before cold weather sets in to prevent freezing. Make sure to remove your hoses!
  33. Maintain Gutters and Downspouts: Regularly inspect and clean gutters to prevent water damage to your roof and foundation. Be sure to clean gutters by hand to prevent damage.
  34. Be Cautious with Drain Augers: Use drain augers carefully to avoid damaging pipes. There are tons of videos online that can show you how to properly use one.
  35. Know When to Call a Professional: Understand the limits of DIY plumbing repairs and call a professional when needed. If you are not sure how to do something, it’s best not to try it yourself.
  36. Consider Whole-House Filtration: Install whole-house water filtration systems for improved water quality. This will improve the water everywhere, and not just the water you drink.
  37. Monitor Water Usage: Know how to read your water meter to monitor usage and detect leaks.
  38. Avoid Abrasive Cleaners: Use gentle cleaners on plumbing fixtures to avoid damage. Natural cleaners are best when it comes to plumbing.
  39. Consider Water Softeners: Install water softeners to prevent scale buildup in pipes and appliances.
  40. Establish a Relationship with a Plumber: Finally, establish a relationship with a reliable, licensed plumber, like Justin Dorsey Plumbing, for regular maintenance and emergency repairs.

By following these 40 plumbing tips, you can ensure your home or business’s plumbing system remains efficient, functional, and problem-free for years to come. Plumbing issues can be a headache, so prevention is your best option.

Over the past 40 years, we’ve had the opportunity to work with amazing homeowners and business owners, solving tough plumbing problems and helping things flow smoothly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Whether you need an emergency repair or preventative maintenance, you can trust that our team will provide the highest standard of customer care and service with no after hours or weekend fees. Contact us today to take advantage of our call today, fixed today promise!