Congratulations! You just purchased a new home in the Indianapolis area. While this milestone can be exciting, it can also be a little overwhelming. Not only will you need to unpack boxes, but you’ll also have to do your homework on home maintenance tasks that include getting to know your plumbing system.
At Service Plus Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing, we want all Indianapolis area homeowners to feel comfortable getting to know different parts of their homes. It’s why we’re kicking off our New Homeowner Series by helping you become familiar with your plumbing system.
Here are some items you need to keep top of mind:
Know Your Plumbing System
Your home’s plumbing system is complex and the lifeblood of you home. It may have many pieces of equipment you will want to get to know and understand how they work, such as your water heater, water softener or purification system, and also possibly your sump pump. These are all very important pieces of your plumbing system that are important to you and your home. That is where our Home Inspection & Orientation service can be of value.
Avoid freezing pipes
If you purchase your home during Indianapolis’ unpredictable winters, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your pipes. You’ll want to take action to “winterize” your pipes to prevent them from freezing and bursting. A couple of preventative methods include investing in pipe warmers and keeping your home’s temperature above 60 degrees.
Learn how to shut off the water
The last thing you want is for a plumbing emergency to strike, and you have no idea how to shut off the water. Locate the main water and gas valves and learn how to turn them off in case disaster strikes. It could be beneficial to label each valve, so others in your home have clarity in case action is needed.
Use your garbage disposal correctly
Yes, having a garbage disposal is helpful, but there are rules. Not all foods and liquids are OK to put down a disposal. You’ll want to avoid items like bones, coffee grounds, eggshells, nuts, grease, and other things.
Learn unclogging options
The chance of your sink or shower drains never clogging is very low. Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing issues homeowners experience. We recommend you call an expert to use a drain snake to get the job done and use a drain screen to trap food, garbage, and hair from flowing down.
As a new homeowner, we encourage you to learn more about our New Homeowner Inspection & Orientation service. Whether your plumbing becomes a problem, or you simply have a question, you can always depend on the professionals at Service Plus. Schedule an appointment online or call (317) 434-2627.