We’re always here to help with any and all needed plumbing services at All Hours Plumbing, Heating & Air, but as a homeowner, there are a few very basic areas of maintenance you can often perform on your own. This general plumbing maintenance can help keep your system free of any issues that will lead to larger, more expensive problems.

To perform the right kinds of plumbing maintenance around the home, you need a basic understanding of a few important fixtures. Here are five important components to be aware of in your plumbing system:

Water Main Valve

The water main valve is installed during home construction, and controls the flow of water in the entire house. In cases where a pipe leaks or busts, the water main valve is a vital area. It’s generally found in the basement or crawl space of your home – knowing exactly where this valve is can be vital during an emergency. It will allow you to shut off water quickly before major flooding or water loss takes place due to the leak.

Cut-Off Valves

In addition to the main valve, cut-off valves are beneficial for situations where you need to cut water supply to a single area, rather than to the entire home. If the toilet leaks, for instance, it can send unsanitary water to other areas of the home – but if you’re proficient with your cut-off valves, you can prevent this.

Water Meters

These give you an overall read on the system’s general health, and can detect leaks in the home and give water usage information as well. A water meter can help with everything from water bills to pinpointing and stopping leaks.

Water Pressure Regulators

Water pressure is very important for several plumbing areas, and these regulators allow you to track it. If pressure needs to be raised or lowered, they’re designed to alert you.

Gas, Electric and Hot Water Valves

These valves control these specific areas, and they can be shut off when needed. Say hot water from the heater has overheated and is scalding on the skin – you can turn this valve off until repairs are made.

For more information on common pluming areas, or for any of our other plumbing services, the experts at All Hours Plumbing, Heating & Air are standing by.