6 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About a Home’s Plumbing

As a homeowner, you owe it to your family’s health and safety, as well as your pocketbook, to learn as much as you can about your home’s plumbing system.

We don’t mean necessarily “knowing” it so well that you are able to repair even the most serious or complicated of problems, but simply to know how to tell when something’s amiss, what parts of your system could be the most problematic, what plumbing parts can be replaced easily – and should be replaced regularly, etc.

Read below for six things everyone who owns a home should know about a dwelling’s plumbing.


  1. Do you know how to tell if you have a hidden water leak? Even the smallest of drips can cost you hundreds of dollars in water bills over several months. To check if you have a hidden leak, check your water meter and take note of its reading. Then don’t use any water for a few hours. Check the meter again; if the reading has moved, you have a leak somewhere.
  2. Do you know where your water meter even is or where the water shut off valve is located? The valve usually is on the perimeter of your home, possibly behind an access door. Your water meter is outside your home. You can also turn water off there.
  3. Where is your gas shut off valve? If you don’t know where it is, now is the time to go find it because if a gas leak occurs, it’s critical to turn the gas off ASAP, not hunt around for the valve.  The gas meter usually is located outside on the side or front of your home. It also could be situated in a cabinet on the inside of your home.
  4. Are you on a municipality’s sewer line, or are you on a septic system? If on a septic system, where on your property is the septic tank located? Regardless of sewer or septic, you should know where your waste system’s clean-out plugs are and ensure they are accessible.
  5. Does every sink have its own shut-off valve? Do your dishwasher and clothes washer have their own shut off valves? Know where they are and how to use them. If each sink/appliance doesn’t have its own valve, if you need to turn the water off to one, other sinks or appliances may be affected (have no water). If some sinks/appliances share a water shut off valve, consider having a plumber install separate ones.
  6. Are your pipes copper, PVC or PEX? Do you check them regularly when things are going well so that you have a benchmark for telling when they have too much rust or corrosion, or even a leak? Knowing what kind of piping your plumbing system is can be a great help to your plumber (making his job easier and lowering your bill) and knowing how your pipes look when in top shape can help you tell when your pipes are starting to show their age and need repair (it’s less expensive to repair or replace pipes before there’s a major problem/emergency).

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