Quick Tip for Friday: 10 Things plumbers wish you knew

I got out of the habit on my Quick Tip for Friday posts, so I am going to make it up to you by sharing 10 really good ones!

There is such great advice in this article from  She Knows I had to share it. It is short and easy to read so I will count it as a quick tip still.

10 Things plumbers wish you knew.

I think # 9 should really be top of the list, knowing where/how to shut off your water is extremely important.

Anytime you move into a new home it’s a good idea to get familiar with 3 things right away:

  1. breaker box
  2. water shut off
  3. gas shut off

Learn where these are and how to use them, it will not be a waste of time.

#7 is the best explanation for why I decline certain plumbing jobs  and refer customers to a licensed plumber.

Leaks and other plumbing issues can lead to such bigger problems it is important to take care of correctly. Water damage and mold are very expensive and difficult correct.

One more just so I can make this one go to eleven:

11. Be careful what you put down the toilet. Just because it passes out of the bowl doesn’t mean it won’t cause a huge problem in the pipe on it’s journey to….um…away, wherever. I will skip mentioning some of the more obvious things we have all been warned about. However, I have heard from plumbers over the years that a lot of people flush Q-tips and those really belong in the trash can instead.

Keep your pipes happy!


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5 thoughts on “Quick Tip for Friday: 10 Things plumbers wish you knew

  1. Thanks for the advice – I think it’s really important to feel like you can sort out small problems around the house, but the bigger things should definitely be left to the people who have trained and received qualifications in the area! Especially when it comes to gas related stuff, and mains water connections, as you’ll be in for a big bill if you mess up the whole street’s water haha.

    Number eleven is wise too – I don’t know what’s wrong with adults who can’t use that little bin next to the toilet. Kids shoving toys down the toilet is just a part of family life, but adults really ought to know better!


    • I guess adults only come to know better if they are taught it as kids! hahaha

      It really is so important to know when to call qualified professionals, especially now with so many TV programs making every aspect of home renovation or building look so simple and easy. Many projects demonstrated on those programs are far more complicated (and time consuming) than editing allows you to know. While on the other hand there are many tasks people can do themselves they might be intimidated to try because they have never been shown how.
      Thank you for your comments and I hope you continue to follow my blog!


  2. These seem like useful plumbing tips when moving into a new house. I’m moving from my old apartment to the house that my parents have recently moved out of. I’ve never really been familiar with how the plumbing in that house works, so it seems like a good idea to look into it. I really liked your advice about also becoming familiar with the breaker box, water shut off valve, and the gas shut off valve. It seems like it would be very important to know where they are and how they work in case of an emergency.


  3. Truly awesome job with the blog. Always filled with great tips. Keep up the good work!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks for the feedback. Always nice to hear positive comments from other trades people! You just inspired me to get back to adding new posts more often.


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