When it comes to plumbing, there are a million and one things that could go wrong. By being a smart homeowner and learning how to spot and resolve some smaller plumbing problems, you could resolve issues before they become major, and possibly costly, issues. Help your plumbing stay dry and your wallet happy by keeping an eye out with these tips!
Stay on top of “small” problems.
Tackle small leaks before they become large leaks. Look for tell-tale signs, such as dampness of wood or dry-walled surfaces, or warping of flooring. Watch your drains and make sure they are working properly; clear any small clogs that may build up naturally.
If trouble comes, be prepared.
Know the location of both the main shut-off valve for the home (and consider relocating it if it’s not easily accessible), as well as the local shut-off valves to fixtures such as sinks, toilets, and washing machines, and shut them off at any sign of a possible leak. Also, have the name and number of a plumber with emergency services at the ready.
Prevent frozen pipes!
Keep your plumbing running well and protect your home in cold weather! With the changes in climate from season to season, freezing pipes can create a household emergency. Frozen water expands and cracks water supply pipes. Then, when the area thaws, those cracks will leak and flood.
Your best defense against the cold? Prepare for winter by removing hoses from outside faucets and invest in a frost-free hose bib and exterior insulation. Insulate any exposed piping in crawl spaces and garage with foam or other insulation, or invest in heat tape for very cold climates. Leaving your faucets at a slow trickle on particularly chilly nights is further protection from frozen and broken pipes.