In the vast majority of cases, it is entirely possible to prevent a plumbing disaster from occurring in the first place. Homeowners tend to see plumbing disasters as events that come out of the blue, for the most part. However, if you know the checks and maintenance tricks of the plumbing trade, you can head off potential plumbing disasters and save yourself a small fortune.
1. Toilet Plumbing Disaster
One of the most common callouts for plumbers involves blocked or overflowing toilets. This plumbing disaster is avoidable when you observe proper toilet etiquette. Do not use too much toilet paper and never use the bowl to dispose of foreign objects, such as ear buds, wipes and cooking grease. If you have small children at home, you may want to invest in child-proof locks to prevent little ones from putting toys down the toilet.
2. DIY Disaster
Whether you are hanging a picture or tightening a loose pipe, there’s a plumbing disaster waiting in the wings. Always check for pipes and electric wires when drilling into walls, and never over-tighten plumbing joints. In general, if you are not sure what you are doing, it makes sense to hire a professional.
3. Broken Pipes
Take care of your plumbing by making sure pipes are protected – especially during colder weather. Do not stack objects on top of or too close to pipes if there is a risk of damage. Make sure to run your HVAC during any harsh winters to keep pipes in good shape, and you should be able to avoid a plumbing disaster.
4. Damaged Hot Water Heater
Hot water heaters require care and maintenance to avoid a plumbing disaster. Make sure to drain and clean your hot water tank regular to prevent the build-up of sediment. If you hear strange sounds coming from your hot water heater, it is a good indication it’s time to show it some tender loving care.
5. Show Plumbing
While there is merit in trying to resolve a plumbing disaster on your own, it doesn’t always pay off. It may even make the situation worse. If you suspect there is a problem with your plumbing, if a pipe bursts, or a toilet starts backing up, make sure to shut the water off at the mains right away to avoid further damage.
For all your plumbing disaster needs, call Show Plumbing for an appointment with an expert plumber.