Since plumbing is one of the most important parts of our home, it is a good idea to know how to make sure that serious problems such as accidental flooding do not happen.
Here are some tips to prevent serious problems with your plumbing:
- Make sure you look at the small tell-tale signs of impending bigger problems, such as a leak in the faucet or radiator, a shifting or rocking toilet, moisture in places where it isn’t supposed to be wet.
- Take these small matters seriously and either try DIY repair yourself or find a plumber to fix the small problem which could lead to a big one which will not only be more expensive to fix, but can literally ruin your home.
- If a problem occurs, the first thing to do is to shut the main water supply valve for the room or house to prevent flooding.
- Stop the water flow to the failed appliance by turning the shut off valve to them as well.
- To prevent overflowing toilets, find the sewer valve and turn it.
- Take care of some of the simpler problems by yourself. Use plungers, sewer snakes and a pipe wrench to unclog drains, toilets or fix tiny leaks.
- If you live in a cold climate, you probably know how to keep the plumbing safe by insulating the plumbing to keep the water inside it freezing and breaking the pipes. Put insulating caps so any outdoor fixtures. Keep the cabinets below the sinks open to let the warmer air in your home keep the pipes from freezing.
- If the plumbing does freeze, first of all close the main water supply valve, and open a faucet closest to the frozen area. Use a hairdryer to heat up the pipe starting closest to the faucet. Be careful when using the hairdryer in wet conditions!
- To keep your drains from clogging, you can regularly pour baking soda and cover it with a cup of white vinegar in the drain. Let it sit for a while and then rinse with water.
- In areas with hard water you should use a water softener, to keep the pipes and hot water heater from clogging up with minerals.
- Try to save water, by using a hot water dishwasher which saves a lot of water as compared to manual dishwashing.
- Install low flow toilets and showerheads. These can save up of 50% water.
- Fix all leaks and running toilets – this too will help you save water.