Plumbing emergencies are never a good thing and always happen at the worst times. With regular maintenance from a plumbing professional and a few DIY tips, you can drastically reduce your chances of having to deal with a plumbing disaster. Try these 6 tips to help prevent potential plumbing disasters and water emergencies in your home.
Know Where the Water Shut off Valve is Located
Usually located by the front door of you home, shutting off the main valve to the house can stop a small problem from turning into a disaster. If that valve does not work call your local city water department and they will shut it down at the meter.
Fix Problems Quickly
Even small leaks can corrode pipes and cause significant water damage or mold. Re caulk showers and tubs to prevent leaks.
Never Use an Exposed Pipe as a Hanger
Hanging laundry from exposed pipes can be tempting but it can loosen joints and fasteners and cause unwanted plumbing problems.
Avoid Chemical Drain Clearing Products
Chemical products seem like a quick fix but repeated use can erode pipes and cause leaks.
Reduce Water Pressure
High water pressure stresses out your pipes and increases the likelihood of leaks. Have your home water pressure tested, go to Home Depot or Ace Hardware and buy a gauge that screws on your hose bib.
Turn Off Water While on Vacation
Use the shut off valve and turn off your water next time you go out of town. A small leak left unattended for just a few days can cause exponential water damage and even start fires if the water reaches electrical wiring.
City Wide Plumbing
Follow these 6 tips and if you ever feel like you are in over your head don’t pause to give us a call, City Wide Plumbing @ 480 966 8795. We are the local Valley plumber for over 30 years, we have all the expertise and tools necessary to handle any plumbing emergency you encounter. Licensed, bonded and insured.