New Year, New Habits: 5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Home Plumbing

New Year, New (Plumbing) Habits

The start of a new year is a time where everyone, everywhere, wishes to become a better person. Whether they want to eat healthier, work out more, save money, or whatever else, the idea is the same: be better. One way you can easily be better is by treating your home plumbing better. We’d love to help.

In order to help, we’ve gathered five easy habits you can pick up in order to extend the life of your home plumbing in the new year below. Take a look!

Address problems as soon as you notice them.

The easiest way to end up with a big plumbing problem in your home is by ignoring a small one. Always be on the lookout for small leaks, cracks, drips, or puddles in rooms with the most frequent water use, like your kitchen and bathroom.

When you notice something, do something about it. Some small issues can be fixed by DIY means to save you money and help you avoid potentially pricier plumber visits.

Don’t treat your garbage disposal, toilet, or drains like garbage cans.

The only garbage cans in your home… are the actual garbage cans. Don’t flush things that you know shouldn’t be flushed. Don’t put things like bones, pits, coffee grounds, or fibrous veggies down your garbage disposal. Don’t pour entire bottles of shampoo down the drain. Be nice to your plumbing so it can be nice to you in turn.

Never use chemical drain cleaners.

Chemical drain cleaners rely on caustic chemical reactions that clear out everything inside of the drain they’re poured in… including, in many cases, the pipes themselves.

Chemical drain cleaners may seem like an easy fix, but they almost always do more harm than good in the long run.

Pay attention to the health of your water heater.

It’s easy to forget about your water heater. They hide in garages or attics, working tirelessly to keep your water warm as you go about your day.

Inspect your water heater at least once per month. Check for pooling around its base, cracks in any of the places where pipes connect. While you’re at it, tell it “good job”. We know water heaters, we know it’ll appreciate it.

Make regular, consistent visual inspections.

This habit is the most important one on the list because it encompasses all of the others. Being more aware of your surroundings, especially in relation to your home plumbing, will help you catch those small problems early.

Checking your plumbing every so often will help you extend the life of your water heater, pipes, hardware, and home in general.


Happy new year to you and yours from the entire team at Ben Franklin Plumbing in Houston. Best of luck tackling all your resolutions – plumbing related or otherwise. We know you can do it.