With regular maintenance from a professional plumber and a few Do-It-Yourself plumbing tips, you can reduce the chances of being hit with a plumbing disaster. If you have ever experienced a plumbing emergency, you know how terrible they can be. Together we can take a stand against plumbing disasters! Here are 3 easy Do-It-Yourself tips to avoid, prevent, or lessen potential plumbing emergencies and problems in your own home.
Tip #1 – Know Your Main Shutoff Valve
Shutoff valves are located all over your home, in the basement, crawl spaces, and the back of closets, but the only shutoff valve you need to remember is the Main Shutoff Valve. This is usually located wherever the water enters your home from the street. For more information about how to find and turn off your Main Shutoff Valve, read our blog post about What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency. Once you have located the Main Shutoff Valve, show your entire family where it is located and teach them how to turn it off. If you experience a burst pipe in your home, the best thing you can do is get that water cut off as soon as possible to minimize damage to your home.
Tip #2 – Turn Off Your Water While on Vacation
You just learned to turn off your water at the Main Shutoff Valve in Tip #1, so let’s use that knowledge. Turn off your water the next time you go on vacation. If a pipe bursts and you are out of town, the situation could be exponentially worse. Imagine the damage a burst pipe running for several days could do to your home. If water reaches electrical devices, you could also be facing the threat of fire. Do yourself a favor the next time you go out of town, turn off your water!
Tip #3 – Test Your Home for Leaks
Testing your entire home for leaks is easier than you might think. Pick a time when no one will be home for at least six hours. Shut off automatic sprinklers, ice makers and any appliances that use water without your direct control. Take a reading from your water meter, which is usually located somewhere near the street in front of your house. From the time you take your reading, be sure not to let anyone use any water in your home, and yes that includes trips to the bathroom, or a quick glass of water from the fridge-door. After six hours, take another reading from your water meter. If the meter stayed the same during the test, congratulations! If your meter kept running during the test, you’ve got leaks.
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