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10 Things About Plumbing Every Homeowner Should Know

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Being a good homeowner, or even a savvy renter, is all about understanding how your home works. If you want to get the best performance and call for the fewest repairs, all you have to do is master your maintenance and know how to identify a serious problem when it crops up. This is particularly important if you want to minimize your household plumbing problems.

To help you get amazing performance from your plumbing and keep even old pipes in good condition, we’ve put together a handy list of ten things every homeowner should know about their home’s plumbing.


Know Where to Find…

1) Your Water Main

Your water main is where water flows into your house from the municipal water supply. Or, if you have a well, the main valve where the pumped well water connects to the house. Know where this is, how the shut-off valve works, and make sure you can use it in a pinch. At the very least, you may need to show a plumber where it is one day.

2) Your Sewer Clean-Out Valve

The same goes for your sewer clean-out valve. Should you ever experience a clog so deep under the house that no amount of plunging or S-trap deconstruction will ever break it up, your plumber may need to open that clean-out valve to, well, clean it out.

Know How To…

3) Shut Off the Water to Sinks, Toilets, and Appliances

Every sink, toilet, shower, and water-running appliance has a connection to the plumbing and a shut-off valve so you can work on them locally without causing a flood. Explore your house and find each and every one. Usually, they will be behind the appliance or hidden inside some nearby cabinetry. Make sure you can shut these off if necessary.

4) Replace Your Sink Aerators

Sink aerators do three things. They save water, they soften water, and they lightly filter water. They also get filthy and eventually wear out. Know how to replace an aerator for each sink faucet. It’s about as easy as swapping bottle tops, so don’t worry.

5) Unclog Your Toilets, Sinks, and Shower Drains

Clogs happen. So you’ll want a few plungers, Zip-its, and vinegar in the house just in case. Know how to tackle every kind of clog, from traditional toilet clogs to kitchen sink clogs. On that note, know how to open an S-Trap to find lost items as well.

6) Repair a Running Toilet

A running toilet is a serious problem. It’s not just a waste of water; it’s also loud and can make your toilet hard to flush at the right time. Know how to replace each surprisingly simple part of the internal toilet tank array. After turning off the water, of course.

7) Un-Jam the Garbage Disposal

Got a fork, rind, or something worse jammed in the garbage disposal? Check the model; you probably have the kind that can be un-jammed with an alan-wrench-looking tool that will twist the blades back and forth until they release whatever was caught.

8) Recognize and Fix Hard Water Problems

Hard water can be as minor as white spots on your stemware or as serious as constant drain clogs and appliance break-downs. It’s just minerals in the water and breaks up with vinegar, but know how to identify and solve hard water when your house runs it through the taps.

Master the Maintenance For…

9) Drains to Prevent Clogs

Know what not to put down the drain. Know how to use drain traps and screens. Know that cooking grease and eggshells down the garbage disposal are not a good idea, and know how to run fizzing vinegar down the drain in a pinch.

10) Water-Based Appliances

Get familiar with any appliance in your home that runs water. The washer, the dishwasher, the ice-maker in your fridge- all of it. Know where the water comes from, how to shut it off, and how to do basic maintenance if there’s a problem.


Taking care of the plumbing in your home is a lot easier than most people realize. By understanding how water runs into, through, and out of your home, you can quickly master a surprising amount of plumbing maintenance. For more helpful tips or assistance dealing with a serious plumbing problem that takes more than elbow grease and a shut-off valve to solve, contact us today!


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Lutz Plumbing’s Loyalty Club Helps to Prevent Major Plumbing Leaks

Friday, June 14th, 2019

When it comes to plumbing, the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is very true.

Water leaks waste water and money. Additionally, they will typically develop into a bigger problem that will cause more extensive damage. Checking your plumbing for leaks or other potential problems should be one of your most important routines. Below we will discuss the cost of leaks in the long run and what you should do if you discover a leak.


Household Leaks

There are many possible places in the home from which leaks can develop. These include:

  • Toilet (internal and external)
  • Sink
  • Water Heater
  • Washing machine
  • Pipes that are behind the wall

These leaks can cause very little damage or major damage that will necessitate extensive repairs. However, even small leaks should not be ignored. They can be the first sign of a major problem to come. Most of these leaks, if left unaddressed, will cause mold which can cause major health problems and is expensive to remove.

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3 Signs That You Probably Have a Plumbing Leak

Monday, August 20th, 2018

plumber-wrenchWhen it comes to plumbing issues, some problems are hard to miss. When the garbage disposal backs up, the shower takes too long to drain, or the faucet just won’t stop dripping, it interrupts the daily flow of your life and you know there’s an issue.

Occasionally, plumbing problems aren’t so definitive. There are many telltale signs that you might need some work done. Luckily, Lutz Plumbing, Inc. is always ready to send out a plumber in Olathe, KS to help with all your plumbing needs.

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Do You Know How to Identify a Plumbing Leak?

Monday, February 19th, 2018

pipe-leakPlumbing leaks are some of the most common, and damaging, problems that homeowners can deal with. They’re also quite tough to identify and locate without professional training and equipment, oftentimes. This can make it very difficult to determine whether or not you have a leak in time to prevent a lot of the damage that leak can cause.

If you’re not sure whether or not you have a leak in your home, there are a couple of different steps you can take to help you confirm it. These are not as good as having a professional examine your system, but they should at least help you decide whether or not you need to call for professional repairs.

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Watch for These Plumbing Issues This Winter

Monday, November 13th, 2017

pipe-leakHeating isn’t the only thing that you need to worry about this winter. You also need to make sure that your plumbing system is ready for any potential issues that might come up. Plumbing systems don’t experience added strain during the winter season, the way heating systems do. Still, there are some issues that you should be on the watch for over the next several months, so you can call a plumber as soon as you notice them. Watch out for the following plumbing issues this winter.

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How to Tell if You Have a Plumbing Leak

Monday, August 7th, 2017

pipe-leakIt can be difficult to tell, at times, whether or not your plumbing system has any leaks in it. Unless you have a major rupture, you’re probably not going to immediately realize when one occurs. If you know what to look for, though, you can identify warning signs and call for repairs before things get too out of hand. Have a look at the following signs that your plumbing system has some leaks that need to be repaired.

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Tips on Keeping Your Plumbing System in Good Condition

Monday, May 29th, 2017

plumber-wrenchYour home’s plumbing system is a vast and complex network of different appliances, linked together by many yards of pipes. It’s one of the systems that you rely on the most in your daily life. It can also be one of the most difficult to keep in proper shape, if you don’t know what do to. There are a number of steps you can take, though, to make sure that your plumbing system serves you well for many years to come. Have a look at our following tips on how to take proper care of your plumbing system.

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Signs You Have a Plumbing Leak

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Plumbing problems are a pain for a number of reasons, not least of which being that they are so difficult to detect. Most homeowners don’t realize that they have a problem with their plumbing system until it’s too late to prevent the majority of the damage. Plumbing leaks are the most common plumbing problem, and can cause all sorts of issues. If you know what to look for, though, you can tell when it’s time to call for a plumber. Let’s take a look at some signs that you have a plumbing leak.

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