While we have an excellent maintenance team at our luxury apartments in Tulsa, no one likes to deal with clogged drains, leaks, or water damage! Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your plumbing in great condition so you don’t have to go without a working sink, shower, or toilet. Here are our top four tips to keep your pipes happy and avoid unexpected disruptions.
Invest in Drain Strainers
Among the primary culprits of clogged pipes are clumps of hair that wash down the drain in showers and sinks. But drain strainers come in many different shapes and sizes and are very affordable so we recommend buying one for all your sinks and shower drains! These simple mesh or silicone strainers keep hair and other clogging agents from gumming up your pipes so that you avoid the need for professional clog removal.
Don’t Put Large Food Items Through Your Disposal
Our maintenance team has had to remove all sorts of items from kitchen sink disposals because residents aren’t always aware of what should and shouldn’t be washed down the drain. Whether it’s lemons and limes, whole tomatoes, or the trimmings from your meat prep, there are some foods you shouldn’t be putting in your disposal! Avoid putting large chunks of food in your disposal, as well as raw meats, oils, fats, especially fibrous food items like artichokes and corn husks, and of course any non-food items. It’s the small food scraps that your disposal is built to handle without needing repair or intensive cleaning.
Report Leaks, Clogs, and Water Damage Promptly
Rather than trying to fix something yourself, please get the help of our maintenance professionals by submitting a maintenance request through our online resident portal! In the case of leaks and water damage, please contact the office immediately or use our emergency maintenance number if the office is closed.
If you need to shut off your water valve due to a leak, check out our helpful video that shows you how to do it! We also have other helpful how-to videos on our YouTube channel!
Keep The Heat On In Cold Weather
Even if you’re not going to be home for an extended period of time, your apartment should always be heated to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Why? Because when cold weather hits, your pipes are at risk of freezing, which can cause them to burst. When pipes burst, this not only results in a need for emergency repairs to your plumbing, but it can also cause extensive water damage to your apartment.
While you’re at it, opening cabinets and allowing faucets to drip when temperatures dip below freezing can help keep pipes warm and prevent them from bursting.
That’s it for our plumbing maintenance tips for our luxury apartments in Tulsa! We’ll have a new post coming soon, so be sure to bookmark our blog page if you’d like to see more recommendations and tips for Tulsa living. Also, did you know we have an Instagram? Follow us there, so you never miss out on our special events, promotions, and community updates! Thanks for taking the time to check out our blog, and have a wonderful rest of your day at 71 Apartments!