Did you know that most homeowners insurance does not cover backwater in your basement? Milwaukee Plumbing & Piping, Inc. offers helpful tips that everyone should know from their residential garbage disposal and toilets to commercial plumbing.

Don’t Have the Right Tools?

It is common to find that you don’t have the right tools to finish a plumbing project. Often, it doesn’t make sense to purchase specialized, expensive tools that are required for just one project. WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? Don’t despair. We are happy to install any plumbing fixture for you — even if you did not buy it from us.

Homeowners Insurance Does Not Cover Backwater

Backwater occurs when sanitary sewers cannot handle the load and water backs up into your basement. A simple, proactive solution is to install a backwater valve and you could save thousands of dollars in the future.

Know how to shut off the water supply.

Know how to shut off both the main water supply and individual fixtures like sinks, toilets, water heaters and clothes washers. If a pipe bursts, a toilet overflows or your water heater fails, the first thing you’ll want to do is shut off the water. Be sure everyone in your household knows where they are and how to shut them off.

Treat your drains once a month to prevent clogs.

You don’t need to use harsh chemicals or special tools to treat your drains. You can either run 1 to 2 gallons of hot tap water down each drain or use a natural, non-poisonous product called Bio-Clean. Bio-Clean is distributed exclusively through the plumbing industry.

Never flush anything down the toilet, except toilet paper.

Never flush facial tissue, Q-tips and even products labeled “flushable” down your toilet. Newer, low-flush model toilets are more easily clogged with paper and “flushable” cleaning products.

Don’t treat your garbage disposal as your trash can.

Run plenty of cold water while using your disposal to prevent clogs. If you don’t have a garbage disposal, keep out food scraps and grease, which can build up in layers in pipes until they’re blocked.

Turn the temperature on your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hot water is more corrosive than cold water and you will extend the life of your water heater simply by reducing the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.