If something can go wrong, it usually does. That’s not being negative; it’s a fact. Remember, when it comes to our plumbing, “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” No one ever wants to come home from vacation to find that a pipe sprung a leak and caused significant damage to your home. So how do you avoid the plumbing disaster? First, turn off the main water valve in your home. The water valve is usually located in the garage or outside the home. In some cases, your valve may be buried and surrounded by a green irrigation box in your yard. Once the valve is off, run the faucet until any last bit of water is drained. Lastly, flush toilets. Doing these minor things will help prevent any water damage while you’re away from home.
Avoid A Plumbing Disaster – Trust Your Plumbing Contractor
Everyone wants to save a buck, but there are those times when we spend a dollar to save a dime. With so many videos and do-it-yourself online instructions, many people want to dive in and try their hand at plumbing repairs. So how do you avoid the plumbing disaster? Know your boundaries, and ask yourself: “How long will the problem take to fix?” “What will it cost for me to do the project versus a plumbing contractor?” “Does the project involve safety issues?” For example, there’s a vast difference between trying to unclog a drain and installing a water heater or gas line. On the other hand, there are those small plumbing project that you may want to engage such as a clogged drain or maybe replacing a toilet. But if you want to avoid a plumbing disaster, trust your plumbing contractor to any significant plumbing issues.
Make A Monthly Plumbing Checklist And Avoid any plumbing issues
Make a plumbing checklist and each month complete a quick ten-minute inspection of your plumbing. First on the list is a quick inspection of underneath your sinks. Our sinks tend to leak, and if left unchecked, even the slightest leak can cause severe damage. When you make your inspection, inspect for mold and rust as well, which are indications of moisture. Inspect your downstair’s ceiling for brownish colored stains; this is a clue that you may have a water leak coming from upstairs. Run a quick water pressure to test if your water pressure is too high, it could put stress on your appliances. Over 85 pounds per inch (PSI) of force is not suitable for your pipes, 45 to 55 PSI is the perfect water pressure for your home.