How to Avoid a Plumbing Disaster
While you can never be sure when an emergency may occur, you can always take steps to make sure you are prepared. Plumbing disasters, such as broken pipes flooding water into your kitchen, or raw sewage running back into the home, will cost you unnecessary time, money and stress. Below we’re giving you five tips you should take now, to prepare for these unexpected plumbing disasters.
Regularly inspect your water heating system
Your water heating system should be inspected on a regular basis. The TPR valve inside the water heater should be regularly tested, as it is the mechanism that prevents water heater explosions. Check the temperature, inspect for corrosion, and add insulation to your pipes.
Upgrade your old hoses and fixtures
Old rubber hoses easily wear out and should be replaced with copper or stainless steel fixtures. Metallic fixtures can last for up to 15 years and are better able to withstand extreme weather conditions.
Prevent clogs in your sink drain
Clogged drains are a common plumbing disaster, but they are preventable. The most basic principle of preventing clogs is to be careful about what you put inside your pipes. Certain household disposable items are not safe for drainage, even after the garbage disposal.
Find the shut-off valves
Every homeowner should know where the main shutoff valve is for their plumbing system. This valve will be located next to your water meter and is often at the front of the house. This valve allows you to quickly shut off all supply of water in case of emergency. This important home function should be regularly inspected. In the winter, ensure that freezing temperatures have not hardened the handle.
Additionally, knowing the location of the shutoff valves for individual house appliances will be extremely beneficial during an emergency. Your water heater, washing machine, dishwasher, sinks and toilets all have individual shut off valves that can be used if the issue occurs with only one appliance.
Hire a professional at least once a year
To fully inspect an entire plumbing system, only a highly qualified professional will be able to detect all possible disasters before they occur. Paying for a professional inspection once a year will be much cheaper than repairing the damages from broken pipes or flooding.
Taking these preventative measures against plumbing disasters are your best bet against complicated emergencies. For professional assistance, call Lowery Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning services for the South Plains and Eastern New Mexico areas. For high-quality, dependable and affordable home solutions, contact us now for more information.