A second or third bathroom in your home is probably one of the most under-utilized rooms in your house. Nowadays, it is more common than ever to have a second or third bathroom in your home. Because of this, many people are wondering how they can use these extra bathrooms so that there are no issues with the plumbing. Your home’s drains are an important part of your plumbing system. When they’re not draining properly, there is a higher risk that pests and sewer gas could seep into the house–which would make you very unhappy (not to mention unhealthy!). Here are some tips.
Run the water
Running water in the sink, shower and flushing toilets regularly (once a week for 1-3 minutes) will help to keep your traps from evaporating. If you don’t run water every week then it’s easy for sewer gas odors to enter into a home due to evaporation which can cause an unhealthy living environment.
A trap’s purpose
A trap is a plumbing fixture that prevents water from leaking into your home’s walls. They’re found under sinks, in toilets and other places around the house where you may not think to look for them. The purpose of these fixtures are to prevent gas from entering your building by trapping air bubbles within its seals which would cause methane build-up as well as keeping harmful chemicals out. That’s why it’s essential to run your water occasionally.
Turn the valve from cold to hot
Single-handle shower valves often have an anti-scald balancing cartridge inside them and if they are not used for a long period of time the pin will get stuck in either hot or cold position causing you to lose your ability to use tap water. It’s important that this doesn’t happen, so for bathrooms that are not used often make sure every handle is turned off at home as well as shutting down each individual fixture. Also turn the value from cold to hot before completely turning it off.
When you neglect your second and third bathrooms, it can lead to a number of plumbing problems. If you’re guilty of not using them as often as they should be used, then now is the time to start making up for lost time! The best way to do this is by taking care of any issues with clogs or leaks right away before they get worse–you may even want to consult Gene Wagner Plumbing in Milwaukee if there are any other concerns.
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