Why do plumbing emergencies always seem to happen at the worst time? It seems no matter how hard we try, sometimes customers just don’t get it.
To make life just a little easier for all of us, here are six things your plumber wants to you to do:
#1. Let Your Faucet Drip
When temperatures drop below zero, it’s not uncommon for your pipes to freeze. However, there are ways you can try to prevent it. To ward off frozen pipes, open your tap just enough to create a steady drip. This small step is usually all it takes to a disaster.
#2. Shut off Water Before Vacation
There’s nothing like coming home from vacation only to find your first floor flooded. You can avoid this by shutting off the main water valve before you set off on vacation. Also, don’t forget to open the taps to your sink and tub to reduce the water pressure.
#3. Don’t Ignore Water Around Your Toilet
Constant wetness around the base of you toilet is needs to be addressed. When the wax ring is warped or cracked, it can cause water to leak around the base. If not repaired, it can lead to mold growth and water pooling underneath the subfloor. If you need more information from an expert, Drain Rescue may be able to help you.
#4. Show Your Disposal Some Love
Contrary to popular belief, garbage disposal isn’t indestructible. Never pour grease or large portions of food down your disposal. Grease can congeal causing massive clogs while large portions of food waste can jam the motor.
#5. Learn How to Check For Leaks
Undetected leaks can lead to enormous water bills, even if your water usage remains the same. To check for leaks, turn off all appliances that use water as well as the faucets Then, look at your water meter. If the meter continues to move even when everything is shut off, water is flowing somewhere in your house. Simply put, you’ve got a leak and need a plumber.
#6. Using Caustic Chemicals
It might be the first thing you reach for, but it needs to be the last. Caustic chemicals found in drain cleaners are not only toxic to you, but can also take a toll on your pipes, leading to erosion and leaks.
Whether you own your home or are only renting, plumbing issues need immediate attention. Even the smallest of problems can cause massive water damage. Play it safe and call a professional.