Shortlist to the Prevention of Plumbing Emergencies
Nobody really wants plumbing emergencies to occur at their home. But if they do here’s some tips that could save the day.
Test Your Main Water Valve
The water system in your home is controlled by your main water valve. The first thing to do when you have a burst pipe is to turn off the main water supply. This will help you to prevent further leakage or damage until a qualified plumber can assist. The water supply valve is usually found close to the main water supply to your home. It’s important that this valve is always in working condition.
It is easy to check if this valve is working as it should. Firstly, go to your bathroom and turn on the water in a sink or bathtub. Secondly, turn off your main water valve. Once this is switched off, the water is cut off completely. The only way your water can continue to run is if your water valve is damaged or broken. If this is the case, you should consider calling out a professional plumbing company such as Inner City Plumbing to replace the control valve.
Take Care of Your Drains To Prevent Plumbing Emergencies
Plumbers can often find and remove a variety of unexpected things from drains, including hair and grease. It is important that no fat and grease is dumped down the kitchen drain, especially as drains that are not taken care of can become blocked over time. Furthermore, avoid allowing a lot of hair go down the shower drain in your bathroom. Also make sure your kids small toys are not flushed down the toilet!
In Melbourne, one of the main causes of blocked drains is tree roots. Tree roots can cause significant damage and often can cause recurring blockages. Tens of thousands of dollars are spent removing tree roots from drains across Australia every year. We recommend that before you plant trees, consider choosing where to plant them and what species of plant. Many local council websites have tips on what trees to plant and what not to plant. Its important that you spent some time planning before planting trees. This will save you money in the long-term.
Check For Any Leaks
Leaky fixtures and taps may indicate other, more internal problems such as missing or broken o-rings or loose pipes. Any minor leaks that are left alone can become big issues, and so we recommend that you regularly check for these leaks. The bigger the leak, the more money it will cost to repair. By removing the tap spout, you will be able to check the o-rings and if required, replace them. After this, if your sink still leaks we recommend calling a plumber to check up on it. Repairing minor damage early will save you a lot of money in the future when the problem becomes larger. Furthermore, repairing water leaks will save you money on your water bill and it also helps the environment to be efficient with water!
By doing regular maintenance on the plumbing in your home or business, you will be able to prevent major plumbing emergencies that could end up costing you a lot of money. Consider calling a plumber to fix small leaks and other such problems before they worsen as an investment in your home- and it is reassuring to you!
Maintenance is an essential part of any home or business!