While browsing the web today I saw this great article from BestPlumbers.com about ten things everyone should know about their plumbing. https://bestplumbers.com/blog-2/It had so much great info we wanted to share it verbatim with all our readers!

  1. Know how to shut it off your water.Usually, this can be shut off at the meter. This is where the water supply comes into the home or business. You may have a separate shut off at the meter and at the house. Everyone should know where these shut off valves are, and how to operate them. When turning these valves on and off, do it slowly, because the water pressure may be high, and valves may be old.How to shut off water valve
  1. Learn how to read your water bill and the water meter. To ensure you’rebeing billed properly. Always check your usage with each bill and try to catch leaks. The water company can help you read your bill and meter. If you have questions about your bill, or want things explained on how to read the water bill call the number on your water bill. The water company will be more than happy to explain the details of the bill,
  1. Always know the water pressure coming into the home or business. Your water pressure should beunder 80 psi. The number 1 cause for plumbing leaks into a home or business is high water pressure. An easy to use water pressure gauge can be usually purchased for less than $20.00. If you don’t want to check it yourself, your water company will usually come out and check for you at no charge.
  1. Know where the clean-out plugs are on your sewage system. Sewer or septic? Knowing where the clean-out plugs are is usually the 1st step to solving a clog or backup problem in your plumbing system.
  1. Know where your air conditioning condensation lines are and make certain they are working properly.All air conditioners produce condensation water when in use. If the condensation is not draining properly, it can cause extensive water and mold damage to the home or business.
  1. Know how to shut off your gas. Everyone should always know how shut off the gas supply to the home or business. Educate yourself on the gas supply coming into the building and at each appliance that is powered by gas. If there is only an issue with a specific appliance, you may save time by being able to shut off the gas at the specific location.
  1. Know how to shut off the water that is going to the water heater. A water heater problem can leave you without hot water. But if you know how to shut off the water at the water heater, it need not leave you completely without water for washing, cooking, and bathroom use.
  1. Always have a pan under the water heater, and make certain your water heater’s pressure relief valve is not leaking. The average water heater lasts 12 years. They will not last forever. Most will eventually leak at some time. A pan under the heater may prevent expensive water damage. A leaking pressure relief valve usually indicates a major problem with that critical protection device on your water heater.
  1. Know where the shut off valves are on all of your plumbing fixtures. Every sink and toilet has a shut off valve. Know where these shut off valves are. This knowledge can save you a potential plumbing disaster and water damage to your property, if you know how to shut them off quickly
  2. Know how to shut off the water to all your plumbing appliances. Know how to shut off the water to each plumbing appliance, like your water heater. If your water heater is on the 2nd or 3rd floor and there is a problem with the water heater, this could results in thousands of dollars in water damage to your home or business.

If you’ve got any questions about how to perform any of these ten tasks in any of our new service areas please call Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air today. We’d be happy to help your get the work done. Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air is the San Francisco Bay Area plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contractor you can count on!


Knowing how to quickly and properly resolve various plumbing and HVAC issues is what separates Bellows from other plumbing and heating companies. In Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and Marin Counties, Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air is the leader when it comes to speed of service, quality of install, and the ability to take on all your home repairs.

Our team is here to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you’d like to schedule a Winter tune up for your heating or plumbing systems please consider calling Bellows at 877-477-7151. Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air services, repairs, and installs plumbing, heating, and air conditioner equipment in: Santa Cruz, Aptos, Capitola, Scotts Valley, Felton, Watsonville, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, San Anselmo, Ross, Fairfax, San Rafael, Marinwood, Terra Linda, and Novato.