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Plumbing Tips: Top Ten Plumbing Tips Every Homeowner Needs to Know

Plumbing Tips: Top Ten Plumbing Tips Every Homeowner Needs to Know

A plumbing emergency can happen at any time without any warning and the combined repair and damage costs could get expensive. But if you’re armed with some basic plumbing knowledge and you act fast you could, potentially, limit the damage caused substantially by the plumbing emergency that you’re facing. So, whether you own or rent your home, I’ve put together my top ten tips that every homeowner needs to know.

Repairs can be quite costly so it is important for you and everyone in your home to know a few plumbing basics which can save you time and money down the road.


Even children as young as five can learn a few plumbing tips! Here are the top ten plumbing tips that every homeowner should know:

  1. DO NOT Pour Grease or Hot Oil Down the Kitchen Sink Drain!

You should never pour grease or cooking oil down the kitchen sink drain. When vegetable oil or animal oil is used it is in a liquid form but as soon as it gets inside your plumbing drainage system it will harden and solidify. This will then clog up your drainage system causing problems such as blockages and sinks and basins overflowing.

The grease and oil will build up. You won’t notice it at first but little by little that grease and oil will clog your pipes and leave you with some serious plumbing problems.

DO NOT pour grease or cooking oil down your kitchen sink!

DO NOT pour grease or cooking oil down your kitchen sink!

  1. Know Where Your Main Water Valve Is

Plumbing emergencies require quick thinking and movement on your part or that of a family member so everyone in your home should know where the main stop cock or cut off valve for the water mains is and how to turn it off.

If a pipe in your house bursts then turning off your main water valve will help minimise the damage until a qualified plumber can get there to help. If you don’t know where it is, you’re going to spend a lot of time panicking whilst your home could potentially flood.

  1. Learn How To Read Your Water Meter

When no one else is home and you know there is no water running, check your meter to ensure none of the dials is moving. If they are, then you may likely have a water leak somewhere. Toilets and taps are the most likely culprits and can add a few hundred pounds a year to your water bill.

  1. Check Your Boiler Water Pressure

It’s very useful to know how to check the pressure of your boiler. The water pressure gauge or indicator is typically located on the front of the boiler and should normally be set to around 1 bar. Warning, every manufacturer is different so always check with a qualified plumber where the gauge is and what pressure it should be set to.

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Make sure you know how to check your boilers water pressure.

  1. Toilet Overflow Hack

When your toilet looks like it might overflow, remove the tank lid and press down on the flush valve. This prevents the toilet from overflowing while you determine the source of the clog causing the problem.

  1. Check Your Water and Drain Valves

Keep all water and drain valves operational by opening and closing them at least twice a year. If you do not do this, a valve may freeze up over time. So, if you are caught in a plumbing dilemma and cannot turn the valve off, you could be facing serious problems and expense.

  1. Know Where Your Isolation Valves Are

Learn where the isolation valves and stop valves are for the taps and toilets in your home. This will mean that you can turn off the water at the problem source rather than inconvenience an entire household by turning off the main valve to the house.

Know where your isolation valves are.

Know where your isolation valves are.

  1. Make Sure The Isolation Valves Are Working

It’s one thing knowing where they are but it’s an entirely different thing knowing if they work or not! I’ve been in a situation where we’ve tried to shut off the isolation valve but because it was old and had never been shut off it would not move at all. So we had to shut the water off at the mains and then replace the isolation valve with a new one. This meant that the job took longer than expected so the cost was higher than expected too.

  1. Emergency Flush Hack

Well maybe not exactly an emergency but if your toilet won’t flush for whatever reason, you can pour a bucket (or several) of water into the pan which will do a reasonable job of flushing the toilet until it can be fixed by a qualified plumber.

  1. Buy A Plunger!

Keep a plunger around for clogged sinks and toilets as they are very useful tools for fixing all types of plumbing issues. They are really cheap too.

Repairs can be quite costly so it is important for you and everyone in your home to know a few plumbing basics which can save you time and money down the road.

These tips are designed to help you reduce the impact of potential plumbing emergencies like a band-aid. They do not always solve the underlying plumbing problem.  We’d always advise you to contact a qualified local plumber who can help to fix the problem at source.

So there you have it. My top ten plumbing tips that every homeowner should know. Next time you’re faced with a plumbing emergency – remember these tips!

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If you live in South East London or Kent and need any clarification on any of the tips that I’ve given then feel free to get in touch. It would be great to hear from you.

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Richard Costello, from Dartford in Kent, is the owner of MultiPlumb and has been involved in the plumbing industry installing bathrooms and boiler systems for over 15 years. If you have any questions or suggestions for future blog posts feel to get in touch at richard@multiplumb.co.uk.

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