Plumbing Maintenance Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
Plumbing has been around since the Roman times, but today’s modern plumbing systems have artfully combined function with beautiful designs, and we aren’t complaining.
The principles of plumbing are simple – pressure plus valves, but if something goes wrong, your walls, floors, and furnishings can be one soggy mess. When this happens, you have to act fast to ward off costly repairs.
To be a savvy homeowner, you want to learn how to spot and resolve small plumbing problems before they turn into major headaches. To help you stay dry and happy, we encourage you to follow these tips:
Be on the lookout for trouble. With plumbing, little problems can turn into big ones. Be alert for signs of an impending failure: for example, rocking toilets, leaky faucets, and damp cabinets and dripping refrigerators, all of which signal the need for prompt attention.
Don’t ignore problems. Do you have a leaky showerhead? A leaky faucet or showerhead is more than annoying, they encourage the growth of unhealthful mold and mildew. Don’t ignore problems because they’ll only get worse as time passes.
Know where the shut-off valve is. Should you have a flood in the basement, bathroom or kitchen, do you know where to go to shut off the home’s water supply? You need to locate the main shut-off valve for the home’s water supply, and if it’s in a dark or hidden spot, you should store tools nearby for a quick emergency shut-off. There’s nothing worse than missing a flashlight or a lost shut-off key when the water is gushing down the stairs from a burst pipe.
Get to know your appliances. In addition to the home main water supply, you need to learn how to shut off the water to sinks, toilets, washing machines and your refrigerator’s ice maker. Should something go awry, knowing where the shut-off valve is helped avert a messy, wet cleanup.
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