Plumbing emergencies happen all the time. They happen to us, the unprofessional, and even to those with the plumbing expertise. Clogged or poorly connected water and drainage pipes can cause leaks or floods that can damage our homes and property. As investors, homeowners and managers, we quickly jump to the conclusion that a significant maintenance program is about fixing the blocked pipes. Apparently, this falls far short of the vital maintenance program that should be our primary objective. However, the good news is that there are several crucial tips that we can learn and practice to prevent these plumbing problems from causing a menace to our property. This article focuses on the precautions we should adhere to, to avoid such issues from occurring.
Among our home appliances that require regular plumbing, the toilets are the most likely to cause severe damages to our homes; therefore, it is always advisable to conduct regular check-ups. The following tips should go a long way to prevent any significant malfunctions, and hopefully to ensure that your toilet works appropriately.
1. Make regular flushings to ensure everything is functional.
2. If there is an emergency related to or caused by the toilet, shut off the valves completely.
3. Make regular check-ups on your toilet’s parts to ensure nothing is out of the norm.
The back of the toilet has four major parts: the flapper, the fill valve, the handle and the chain. Ensure to remove it and learn how they work. Occasionally, the toilet may run as though it is filling itself up. When this happens, it is advisable to replace the flapper. Our team of experts can fix the problem for you should it be a repair you’re uncomfortable doing.
Another significant expensive plumbing service is the water supply connections to the sinks. Thus, ensure to check for the following:
Leaks: Conduct regular sink connection check-ups to identify any signs of leakages. Slow drippings and corroded pipes should be regularly repaired.
Kinks: Ensure to check your copper and plastic piping for curls, and fix them if any.
Locate and test the functionality of your shut off valve: Continuous testing is essential to ensure the shut-off functionality is operational.
Apparently, most water heaters leak or burst before their expected life-span expires. The containers hold up to forty-sixty gallons of water, which can cause havoc should leakages occur; therefore, regular check-ups are inevitable. The following are some preventative measures that will help prolong their life-span as well as prevent significant damages.
– Sediment removal at least twice a year to minimize build-up: If you live in an exceptionally high mineral-content region, ensure to drain the sediments periodically to prevent clogging that may cause bursting
– Professionally inspect your water heater on a regular basis or after set durations.
– Activate your water heater pressure valves at least twice a year.
Flexible water hoses are used to transmit water from the source to your washing machine. Often, these are the major sources of leaks. As a result, insurance companies recommend appropriate wrappings to prevent future leakages. Therefore, follow the following guidelines to prevent significant damages in the future:
Turn off water supply valves when the machine is not in use, and especially when you’re spending some time away from home. There is a lever type of valve that can be installed for more comfortable operation. Only turn on the machine when you’re at home: This will alert you should there be a malfunction. Place the machine away from the wall to prevent kinks in the hoses. Periodically check for behind the machine water leakages. Check the hoses regularly for leaks or cracks. Ensure the connectors to the faucet, and the hoses are tight. Replace the hoses after every six months to prevent potential problems.
Basements, being the lowest parts of the home, are the most susceptible to water damage from floods. For defense purposes, sump pumps can be installed at a higher ground. Adhere to these basic tips to keep your pump in excellent working condition.
– Remove the lid from the pump regularly and check for debris that can cause clogging in the system.
– Inspect the discharge pipes periodically to ensure they are unclogged.
– Test the sump pump regularly by pouring a significant amount of water to it and ensure it is functioning correctly.
The above tips should ensure you are safe from any Plumbing emergencies in the future; therefore, ensure you practice them regularly.
Of course, if the worst does happen and you have a plumbing emergency, don’t fret to contact the expert team at Greggs Reliance Home Comfort Here:
Reliance Gregg’s Home Services
503 51st Street East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6V4