At G&C Plumbing and Heating, we’re always happy to meet newcomers who are moving to Franklin, MA. In this guide, we’ve put together some tips on what you should do to make sure your plumbing is in tip-top shape after moving into your new home – and a few fun things you can do with your family once you’ve settled in!
G&C: Plumbing Basics for New Homeowners – Our Top Tips
If you’ve just moved into your new home, here are a few basic things you should do to put your “ducks in a row,” and make sure your plumbing systems are in good order.
Locate your main shut-off valve – Your main shut-off valve will shut off the water supply to your whole home. If you have a major leak or plumbing issue, using this valve can stop flooding and water damage. Make sure you know where it is, and how to use it.
Know the basics of using garbage disposal – Only small pieces of food debris should go down a garbage disposal. To avoid clogs and other issues, do not put large food chunks, fibrous foods (potato skins, chard, celery, etc.), or coffee grounds down the disposal. Avoid pouring grease down your sink.
Check for slow drains – Checking each drain in your home including sinks, tubs, showers, and basements can help you identify potential future clogs, and take action before there’s any overflow.
Know the age and condition of your water heater – Water heaters last about 10 years, in most cases. Make sure you know how old your water heater is, and whether or not it’s in good shape. Consider having it checked by a plumber. Regular maintenance can prolong its lifespan and enhance performance.
Check all appliance connections – Connections to washing machines, dishwashers, ice makers and all other applicable appliances should be checked to ensure they are tight and in good shape.
These are good first steps that you can use to care for your plumbing. And if you want the best protection, it never hurts to hire a plumber to visit your home for an inspection. A plumber from G&C Plumbing and Heating may spot issues you might miss – which can save you money and headaches.
Done With Plumbing Checks? What To Do (For Free Or Cheap) In Franklin, MA!
Ready to enjoy your new home in Franklin, MA? Here are a few tips on fun, free or cheap activities you can do in the area.
Visit Franklin Town Forest – Franklin Town Forest has more than 843 acres of land for hiking, walking, mountain biking, and picnicking, and is very popular with local families and nature enthusiasts.
Join The Franklin Public Library – The Franklin Public Library is a great place to get away from it all, and it’s got plenty of great books, as well as access to new and innovative technology for you and your family. Currently Closed through May 4, 2020
Visit Chilson Beach – Looking to relax and take in the sun? Chilson Beach on Beaver Pond is a great place to swim and enjoy beachside activities. It’s open to residents of Franklin only, so it’s never too crowded!
Take your pup to Franklin Dog Park – Are you a dog owner? After your move, your pooch probably wants to stretch its legs and explore its new home. Franklin Dog Park is located next to Dacey Field playground, and this double-gated dog park is shaded, and open every day for dogs and their owners.
Visit the Franklin Historical Museum – Located at 80 West Central Street, Franklin Historical Museum contains more than 4,000 artifacts from the Franklin area, including Native American objects, pictures and items from Franklin’s history, and much more. It’s a great place to visit with your kids if you’d like to explore the history of your new home in Franklin, MA!
Franklin has a lot to offer – and that’s just the start of it. Once you’ve checked off these activities, you can do some more exploring of your own, and you’re sure to find even more hidden gems. Need Help Getting Your Plumbing In Order? Contact G&C Plumbing & Heating! At G&C Plumbing and Heating, we’re here to help you make sure your new home’s plumbing and heating systems are up to snuff. So don’t wait. If you’re new to the area and need a plumber to inspect your new home, contact us online or call us today at (508) 541-8783.