As a homeowner or business owner, you know that there are a lot of moving parts that keep your property running smoothly. From the obvious things like electricity and heating to the not-so-obvious things like drainage and sewer systems, there are countless factors to consider on a day-to-day basis. In this blog post, we’re going to focus on one particular area that is often overlooked but is crucial to the function of any property: plumbing.
Your plumbing system is responsible for disposing of waste water and bringing fresh water into your home or business, and it does this through a complex network of pipes, fixtures, and drains. In order for your plumbing system to work properly, it needs to be well-maintained. That’s where we come in! Keep reading for our top tips on how to maintain your plumbing system and avoid costly repairs down the road.
Tip #1: Know where your main water shut-off valve is located
One of the most important things you can do as a property owner is learn where your main water shut-off valve is located. This will come in handy if you ever experience a burst pipe or another type of plumbing emergency. In most cases, the main water shut-off valve is located near the water meter or where the main water line enters your property.
Tip #2: Insulate exposed pipes during colder months
Another way to prevent costly repairs is by taking proactive measures to insulate exposed pipes during colder months. This will help prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting when the temperature dips. You can purchase insulation kits at your local hardware store or online. Simply follow the instructions included in the kit to insulate your exposed pipes.
Tip #3: Schedule annual drain cleaning service
In order to keep your drains flowing freely, it’s important to have them cleaned on a regular basis—we recommend once a year. During a drain cleaning service, our professionals will clear away any buildup of hair, soap scum, grease, or other debris that may be causing problems. We also perform a video inspection of your drains to check for any cracks or damage that may need to be repaired.
Regular drain cleaning services are an important part of preventative maintenance and can save you a lot of money in the long run by avoiding more serious issues down the road. Contact our professionals at KIMCO to get started with general plumbing maintenance for your home or business today!