There are certain things around your Kansas City or Gladstone home that are easy to take for granted, and your plumbing is one for them.

You finish brushing your teeth or taking a shower, and you turn the water off and go about your business. Another load of clothes freshly washed, and another load of clothes tossed into the drier. And on it goes.

Until that is, something happens to make you stop and take notice. Like a clogged toilet, leaking showerhead, maybe even a burst pipe. And then, boy do you ever pay attention to your plumbing.

And now for Plan B, which is this: instead of waiting for things to go wrong, keep an alert eye out for little problems before they grow worse. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to learn how to respond should a problem occur anyway.

There’s no such thing as a small water leak. Even the tiniest of water leaks can waste up to 15 gallons of water per day. So imagine what kind of damage a leak starting inside one of your walls can cause? When you spot a water leak, have it fixed right away. And be on the lookout for signs of hidden water leaks, such as water puddles around the base of your water heater, under your sinks, or behind your fridge.

Locate your water main shut-off valve. If water suddenly overflows from your toilet, tub, or a burst water pipe, the first thing you want to do is shut off the supply to your home. That means knowing where your main shut-off valve is located, and having easy access to it should the need arise.

Keep your drains fresh and clean. Most sink and garbage disposal drain clogs can be prevented. One good way to keep them clear is to pour a half cup of vinegar and a half cup of baking soda down each of your sink drains at least every 60 days. They’ll smell better, too!

Keep your garbage disposal blades sharp. When garbage disposal blades start to dull, the food inside them can’t be ground up as finely. That leads to bigger chunks, and bigger chunks led to clogged drains. From time to time, grind up some ice cubes inside your disposal, a good way to help keep your blades nice and sharp.

When all else fails, we won’t. We’re LBA, your local home comfort heroes, and we’re here to take care of any plumbing or drain problem you might be having, 24/7. Call us, and let LBA be a hero to you, too!