As National Safety Month approaches, consider seizing the occasion to think through some disaster scenarios and make sure you prepare for them adequately. The plumbing system is vulnerable to accidents. Because it is not often seen, a lot of people take it for granted. They assume that once it is installed, it will function as a reliable workhorse as long as the house is standing.
This is not always the case, however. The plumbing system is composed of pipes that are prone to corrosion and damage. They could break, burst, or develop leaks. If you wait until a problem develops before taking any action, you might find yourself in the middle of a sizeable, expensive cleanup. By the time you become aware of a plumbing problem, your house may already be a disaster area – flooded and damaged.
The following tips can help you avoid plumbing fiascos on the home front:
- Regularly inspect the water heating system – Your water heater can last many years provided you take care of it. Give it a quick monthly inspection to find any possible problems. Check the water temperature and pressure. If you do not hear a gurgling sound, water may not be releasing into the drain tube, and you might have to replace your water heater.
- Upgrade hoses and fixtures – Fixtures that channel water will deteriorate over time. Always check for any signs of compromise and make the necessary replacements when you see damage.
- Maintain sink drains – Your sink drain may become backed up. Any time you notice water draining slowly, unclog your sink drain. Food particles, hair, and other debris could clog the drain. Install a sink trap in your bathroom drain to cut down on clogs.
- Check the main water shut-off valve – It is important to be familiar with the location of the water shut-off valve so you can turn it off in the event of a plumbing problem. The shut-off valve is normally located next to the water meter in front of your house.
- Regular tune-up – A master plumber should conduct an annual inspection of a home’s entire plumbing system. Experts can quickly find the smallest signs of damage and correct them before they get worse.
Taking care of your home plumbing system is your number one deterrent against plumbing disasters.