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Useful plumbing tips every home or business owner should know

Here are some helpful plumbing tips you can use in your home or office.


  • Schedule routine maintenance on all of your plumbing fixtures such as faucets, sump pumps, bathtubs, toilets, showers and water heaters. For more complex plumbing fixtures, such as boiler systems, call a licensed and fully trained plumber for assistance
  • If you plan to be away for an extended period of time, arrange to have a friend or family member visit your home or office periodically to flush your toilets and run water through your drains. Consider doing this yourself periodically for sinks, bathtubs, and showers that you seldom use, even when you're not away
  • Pick up some spare parts for your toilets, such as a replacement flapper and flushing handle. These are the most commonly replaced parts, and it helps to have one of these inexpensive replacements on hand in a pinch
  • Invest into a set of adjustable wrenches to tighten your plumbing fixtures during routine inspections
  • Test shut-off valves for faucets and toilets as part of your regular plumbing maintenance. A leaky toilet can turn into a much bigger problem if you can't turn off the water source
  • Do your best to prevent food, hair and other solids from going down your drains. Excessive build up over time can cause your pipes to clog and create major problems in your home
  • Always use common sense when investigating plumbing issues. If you are not comfortable or capable of correcting your plumbing problem, contact a professional immediately


  • Never pour greasy liquids, such as bacon grease, down your faucets or toilets. It's safe to think that once you pour them through the drain, you'll not have to worry about it any longer. What you fail to realize is that every time you do this, you are harming the environment and potentially clogging your pipes or those of your neighbours. When this happens, you have a much larger and very expensive problem on your hands
  • Don't avoid a faucet or toilet leak - get it fixed quickly to prevent unnecessary water consumption in your home
  • Never tamper with a boiler system, furnace, gas water heater or other complex plumbing fixture if you are not experienced or comfortable with what you are doing. You could cause bodily harm to yourself and those around you. Please use common sense at all times and call a professional plumber for emergency help
  • Don't forget to buy a plunger!

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