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Plumbing Tips For First-Time Homeowners

Congratulations, you’re a first-time homeowner, or you’re looking to buy your first home, how exciting!

If you were living at home with family, living with roommates, or renting your own apartment, you may not have had the same responsibilities you have now while owning a home.

You’re in charge of your home and the systems that make it livable, meaning if your plumbing has issues, you can't call the landlord or property manager, you’ll need to call a plumber.

Plumbing History

Your plumbing history is important to how your plumbing works. You will want to know how old your pipes are and if they are needing to be replaced fairly soon. Re-piping or rerouting your pipes can be an added cost to your home.

Also, consider getting a plumbing inspection. Plumbing is generally included in the home inspection during escrow, but sometimes a second opinion from a local plumber can be helpful.

Drain Cleaning

Your drains in your home can’t go without cleaning, but you can also damage them if you use the wrong substance.

When cleaning your drains yourself, avoid using chemical drain cleaners. They are toxic, harmful to your health, and can break down coding within your pipes. They also can be harmful to the environment.

You may want to try DIY options with ingredients that may already be in the kitchen, such as lemon and vinegar.


Your toilets are located in the most used room in the home, the bathroom. It is something almost everyone who steps into your home uses, and when problems arise it can be messy and cause major headaches.

Be sure to know what can and cannot go down the toilet. As simple as it sounds, flushing one wrong thing can clog up your whole plumbing system.

Only flush toilet paper and human waste down the toilet.

Avoid flushing:

  • Paper towels

  • Any wipes, even if it says “flushable”

  • Toys

  • Keys

  • Hair

  • Grease

  • Kitty Litter

  • Gum

  • Cigarettes

  • Insects or Fish

Also, be aware of how to use a plunger just in case your toilet clogs up.

Shut Off Valves

Something important to know prior to plumbing emergencies is where your shut off valves are for your water and gas.

Leaks can be messy and can cause major damage to your property, but when you know where your shut off valves are, you can prevent further damage.

You may have multiple water shut off valves in your home since water is supplied to multiple fixtures and appliances throughout the home. This can be incredibly useful because if you have one appliance leaking, you may not need to shut off the main water supply.

There may be times where you will need to shut off the main water supply to your home, which is generally located outside.

It is also important to know where the gas shutoff is and what to do in case of a gas leak.

If you suspect a gas leak is in your home, please evacuate all people and pets immediately.

Then call your local fire department and gas company, report the situation.

Remember do not reenter your home until they arrive and shut off the gas line.

When your property is deemed safe to enter, call us to inspect your gas line, find the damage, and repair it.

Useful Tools

You may want to keep some plumbing tools within reach if needed.

Some useful tools to keep around include:

  • A plunger

  • Wrenches

  • Screwdrivers

  • Allen wrenches

  • Flashlight

  • Heavy-duty gloves

  • Tape measure

Emergency Contacts

When it comes to plumbing, there are some things that may be a fixable DIY style, but others are not. It is important to have a local plumber’s number on hand in case of plumbing emergencies. We are here for you 24 hours a day because plumbing emergencies don’t wait.

Before & After Plumbing and Drain, LLC, are experts within the Arizona area and can provide top-notch service. Don’t take the risk, call us at (623) 335-0000 for all your plumbing and drain needs!