Our Plumbers ALWAYS Follow These Rules in Their Homes

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Whether it’s a leaky faucet or a gurgling toilet, everyone has experienced a plumbing problem at some point. But what if we told you that our skilled crew at Maston’s Plumbing & Drain ensures our homes are virtually free of such issues? Yes, you read that right! Our plumbers follow a strict set of rules in our homes that help avoid common plumbing issues.  

So, let’s dive in, shall we? Here, we’re talking secrets of maintaining a fully functioning home plumbing system, and guess what? You don’t need to be a licensed plumber or have a bunch of extra tools to follow them! (Of course, should you need a helping hand you know who to call.)  

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Rule Number One: Always Know Where Your Main Water Shut-Off Valve is Located 

To prevent a minor leak from turning into major water damage, it’s crucial to know the location of the main water shut-off valve. In case of any unexpected water leakage, you can immediately stop the water flow.  

Knowing where your shut-off valve is, is as important as knowing where the fire extinguisher is. Y’all wouldn’t want a small leak to turn into the next Niagara Falls, would you? So, let’s find out where it is… 

Typically, your main water shut-off valve is in one of these places:  

  • Basement: Often close to the front foundation wall. 
  • Garage: If your house doesn’t have a basement, it’s likely in the garage. 
  • Crawl space: If the house has one, you might find it here. 
  • Outside: In warm climates, it could be outside, near the water meter. 

Rule Number Two: Never Put Oil or Grease Down the Sink 

There’s a list of items that should NEVER, under any circumstance, find their way down your draineven if you’ve got a garbage disposal unit.  

The ‘No Go’ List 

  • Oil or grease: When oil or grease goes down the sink, it solidifies in the pipes causing clogs. So, the next time you want to dispose of that bacon grease, think of your pipes!  
  • Coffee grounds: They seem harmless, right? Wrong! Coffee grounds create sediment in your pipes and can lead to serious blockages. 
  • Eggshells: Sure, they crush easily, but those tiny fragments can build up and cause a world of hurt in your plumbing system. 
  • Produce stickers: Yes, those tiny stickers on your apples and bananas. They’re not water-soluble and can stick to your pipes, leading to blockages. 
  • Flushable wipes: Despite their name, these wipes are not truly flushable. They don’t disintegrate like toilet paper and can cause major clogs. 

By avoiding sending these items down your drain, you’ll be doing your part to maintain a healthy, happy plumbing system—and potentially saving yourself a heap of hassle (and cash) in the process. 

Rule Number 3: Have Your Water Heater Maintained & Flushed  

When it comes to the heart of your plumbing system, your water heater, our plumbers have a golden rule: maintenance is key.  

Regular water heater maintenance and flushing can help prevent a whole host of problems down the line.  

Here’s why this rule is a must-follow for every homeowner:  

  • Efficiency: Sediment buildup can cause your water heater to work harder than it needs to. Regular flushing helps maintain the unit’s efficiency and reduce energy costs.
  • Lifespan: Just like your favorite pair of jeans, your water heater can last longer with proper care. Routine maintenance extends the lifespan of the unit, saving you from premature replacement costs. 
  • Prevention: Flushing removes sediment that can cause rust, leaks, and other damage. Regular maintenance can help prevent these issues, saving you from costly repairs. 

So, just how often should you have your water heater maintained? Well, our plumbers recommend a yearly check-up.  

So, there you have it. Treat your water heater with the care it deserves, and it’ll return the favor by keeping your showers hot and your energy bills low! 

Rule Number 4: Don’t Overlook Your Drains  

Often, we only pay attention to our drains when they start acting up. But our guys at Maston’s know better. We recommend regular drain cleaning – not just when they’re clogged, but as a part of your routine home maintenance. 

But what does regular plumbing maintenance look like, you ask? It’s simple, really. Here’s a basic checklist our plumbers swear by:  

  • Keep a watchful eye for slow drainage. It’s often the first sign of a clog. 
  • Invest in a good quality drain strainer to catch hair and food particles. 
  • Once a month, make it a ritual to flush your drains with hot water to clear out any build-up. 
  • Consider using a safe, natural drain cleaner like baking soda and vinegar every once in a while. 

Just like you wouldn’t skip your morning coffee, don’t skip out on taking care of your drains. With these pro tips, you’re well on your way to maintaining a happy and healthy home plumbing system! 

Read More> How Often Should I Schedule Professional Drain Cleaning? 

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Schedule Plumbing Maintenance 

Now that we’ve gone over the rules that our crew at Maston’s follows, don’t forget to schedule annual plumbing maintenance! 

Just like your car needs a tune-up, so does your plumbing system. It’s all about preventing those small issues from becoming a major headache down the line. Trust us, you don’t want to spend your Sunday knee-deep in a flooded basement because you skipped that annual check-up. 

Now, you might be thinking, “But I’m not a plumber!” Of course not, that’s what we’re here for y’all! Contact our guys at Maston’s Plumbing & Drain today to schedule annual maintenance or repairs anywhere in the Tulsa, OK area at (918) 393-4025! 

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