What You Can Do To Prevent Plumbing Emergencies-marie digby

Home-Improvement Billy Gafford manages Handyman Connection, a .pany dedicated to bringing Birmingham-area homeowners the best in handyman and home repair services. Here, he explains what steps you can take to prevent plumbing emergencies. Many people only call on a plumber in emergencies, and this is unfortunate, because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it .es to plumbing maintenance. Properly maintaining your residential and .mercial plumbing systems can not only help you prevent and prepare for emergency situations , such as overflows, clogs and water heater problems, but it will also save you money in the long run. Properly-maintained plumbing systems dont need to be repaired as often, and youll also save any money you would have spent on emergency plumbing services, which can be more expensive after regular business hours or on weekends. Here are a few things you can do on your own to prolong the life of your plumbing system and prevent emergencies: Leaks: Do a spot check for leaks around your house at least once a year. If you ever notice a leaking faucet or pipe, get it looked at before it has the potential to get worse and even cause water damage or mildew. Septic Tanks: Septic tanks are one focal point of plumbing emergencies, and they are especially susceptible to problems such as overflow and mechanical malfunctions during severe storms. Have your tank checked out by a professional periodically to be sure its operating at an optimal level. In addition, you may want to have a water- or battery-powered back up sump pump installed for emergency situations. Sediment: Test the water pressure of your shower heads and faucets for low pressure, which can indicate a build up of sediment in your plumbing system or a faulty water line. Your water heater also builds up sediment, which interferes with its optimal operation and can also cause corrosion. You can clear the sediment yourself by draining several gallons of water from your heater through a faucet that will be near the bottom of the tank. Ideally, this should be done several times a year, not just once. Water Heater: To maximize your water heaters performance and lifespan, set its thermostat at 115 to 120 degrees F. This will also help you save a buck on heating costs and prevent scalding accidents. Water Shutoff Valve: It is important to find out the locations of your gas and water shutoff valves. In most homes, the water shutoff valve will be in the basement or outside by the hose faucet in the front of your house. You can identify the water shutoff valve by the pipe leading to it from the ground and the water meter that is attached to it from the other end. If you turn off your water, be sure to also turn off your water heater by turning off its electric or gas power supply. Otherwise, it can damage the heating element in your water heater or harm someone who turns on a faucet during this period. Gas Shutoff Valve: Your gas shutoff valve will likely be located next to your gas meter. In addition, most major appliances that use gas will have an individual shutoff valve. In the case of a gas leak, this information might save your life. Gas leaks can be deadly, so if you smell gas, immediately evacuate the premises and call your gas .pany. Avoid flipping switches, using appliances or anything else that could cause a spark. Plumbing Systems on Leave: If you plan on leaving your home for an extended period of time, drain your plumbing system by first turning off the water shutoff valve then draining faucets at the lowest and highest points in your home. Its especially important to clear out your plumbing system in cold temperatures; water expands in cold, and this can burst plumbing pipes. So, dont f.et to drain your pool, spa and sprinkler systems as well. Plumbing system maintenance isnt an exciting topic, but its a crucial precautionary measure every homeowner should take, and I sincerely wish it doesnt take a plumbing emergency for anyone to realize that. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: