Plumbing Maintenance Tips
Maintaining your Plumbing
Plumbing. It’s been with us since Roman times, but now houses have a lavish supply of cold and hot water on demand, thanks to modern plumbing systems. The fundamentals are easy, pressure and valves, but should they fail, the family may come face to face with a soggy mess. While this happens, act fast to avoid major issues.
Savy homeowners know how to spot and resolve small plumbing issues before they become major headaches. Help your plumbing stay in good shape and dry with these helpful hints:
Keep an eye out for trouble. When it comes to plumbing, little leaks may lead to big problems. Be aware of signs of potential plumbing failures: leaking taps, damp cabinets, or cracked refrigerators all indicate issues that require immediate care.
Repair problems early. A leaking faucet isn’t just annoying; the moisture it releases sets wear on sink fixtures and can increase the growth of mold and mildew. Keep on top of issues to keep the household dry and clean.
Know where to go when trouble happens. Locate the key shut-off valve to the home water supply. When it’s in a dark, hidden, or hard-to-reach place, gather any tools you’ll need to get a quick shut-off and store them nearby. There is nothing more frustrating than a lost flashlight or a misplaced shut-off key when you have water pouring down the staircase from a broken pipe. Monitoring your gas and being aware of the gas fitting services available in case you need to call a professional in is also crucial.
Shutting appliances off. Similarly, understand how to shut off water in the sinks, toilets, washing machines and water-using appliances such as the refrigerator’s icemaker. If they have a malfunction, knowing the location of the closed valve will save the day and a great deal of wet cleanup.
Learn to tackle small problems. With a few tools and a bit of expertise, most of us can handle little plumbing emergencies. With a plunger, a pipe wrench and a sewer snake in the tool kit, you will be able to look after minor problems like clogged drains, blocked toilets, stuck valves and dripping faucets.
Cold snap: Maintain plumbing safe in cold weather. In Hard-winter climates, freezing pipes can cause a sudden household crisis. Frozen water expands, cracking pipes; when the area thaws, the cracks port a flood.
Getting plumbing help can be hard in difficult weather circumstances, so try these tips:
Prevent frozen pipes before they begin. Best defense: insulation. Insulate exposed pipes at a crawl space or in the garage with easy-to-install plastic insulation. It is a peel-and-stick solution. Before winter comes, eliminate exterior hoses, and employ insulating caps to outdoor fixtures, as a frozen exterior spigot can damage inside pipes. Households with automatic irrigation systems may clear standing water with compressed air.
When cold weather strikes, then enter into action. Open the cabinets under sinks and toilet fittings; warmer family air will help stop the pipes indoors from freezing. Opening taps into a bare trickle helps water flowing and averts a suspended blockage.
If pipes do freeze, do not worry. First, shut off the water source to the home, then open a faucet near the obstructed place to port vapors in the suspended water. Should you suspect that plumbing at the hot water method is suspended, turn off the hot water heater. Use a hair dryer to heat the suspended pipe (not utilize an open flame to thaw a pipe), beginning at the end of the pipe closest to the tap. (Do not use a hair drier in areas of standing water.) You will understand the pipe has started to thaw if water starts to trickle out of the open faucet. After the leak is restored, check the pipes carefully for leaks or cracks.
Help is always right around the corner if you get stuck. Get professional plumbing services to help you with major problems or if you are unsure what to do.