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It's Almost Time For School! Plumbing 101

It’s Time To Learn the Basics

Modern plumbing can feel complex to the average homeowner, but hopefully, by the end of this article, that changes a little bit. Yes, there is a lot to learn, but after homeowners have passed plumbing 101, they should feel confident enough to know whether or not their plumbing fixtures are water-saving or energy-efficient and when to schedule drain clearing.

Not only does keeping up on plumbing maintenance lower utility bills, but it will also extend the plumbing system's life, so homeowners must know how and when to have maintenance and repairs done! Luckily, professionals have answered all the basic questions to keep homeowners informed. Continue reading to learn all of the plumbing 101 tips!

Let’s Start With Where Water Comes From

water meterThe thing about the plumbing system is that it’s so quiet that most people don’t even realize how water enters and leaves their homes. Homeowners can thank their plumbing system for that. There are pipes within the home's walls, connected to every plumbing fixture, and lines underground outside the home.

The water also passes through a water meter before entering the home. The water meter essentially measures how much water the home uses. This is what determines the price of the water bill each month.

Things To Know About Plumbing Fixtures

showerheadWhen it comes to plumbing fixtures and appliances, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all option. It is 2022, after all. Most plumbing fixtures and appliances come in water-saving or energy-efficient models as well as the regular model. These other options help save the planet and save on utility bills each month, but they tend to cost a bit more upfront. However, they also tend to last longer than other products, so they are worth the investment.

Some common plumbing fixtures and appliances include:

  • Showerhead
  • Bathtub
  • Toilet
  • Faucet
  • Water heater
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothing washer

Every fixture and appliance listed above come in water-saving or energy-efficient models. Homeowners should highly consider investing in them when ready for fixture replacement.

Maintenance is Crucial

Routine professional maintenance is the number one thing any homeowner can do for their plumbing system. The benefits are endless, including extending the lifespan of the plumbing, preventing repairs, and saving money in the long run!

Here are a few maintenance tasks that are crucial to the integrity of the plumbing system:

  • Keep drains and pipes clear
  • Drain and flush the water heater
  • Check and replace the anode rod if necessary
  • Check for leaks and corrosion

Qualified professionals are ready to help! Homeowners should call them when ready for a regularly scheduled plumbing system inspection. Professionals are trained to catch problems before they worsen, which is one reason why maintenance is so important. If homeowners have it done regularly, it could save big on utility bills, repairs, and water damage!

About S and J Plumbing

S and J Plumbing provide the residents of Arlington Heights, IL, and the surrounding areas with options for their budget. They also offer upfront pricing with no surprises, 24-hour emergency service, and personalized solutions. Call them today for plumbing services in Arlington Heights, IL.