Home plumbing problems have a way of sneaking up on you, often at the worst possible time. Not that there are good times for problems to occur, it’s just that some are worse than others.
Well, no matter when it might occur, doesn’t it make sense to be better prepared the next time a plumbing problem comes calling? We think so, and now you can be by observing these six plumbing DIY tips:
1. Be on the lookout for water leaks. Small water leaks can lead to big watery messes. So be alert to signs that more trouble is on the way: leaking faucets, damp cabinets, rocking toilets or dripping refrigerators all require fast and decisive action.
2. Repair problems early. A leaking faucet isn’t just annoying; the moisture it releases increases the wear and tear on sink fixtures and can encourage the growth of mold and mildew. Another way to detect plumbing leaks is to check behind your refrigerator once a month or so. If you do spot water on the floor, keep in mind that the smaller the amount, the greater the potential problem. That’s because water could be leaking through your floor into your sub-flooring where, over time, structural damage can occur.
3. Plumbing overflows. If water is gushing from your sink or toilet, turn off either that water supply valve or your home’s main water supply valve. Don’t exactly where they are? Now’s the time to find out before you need to act.
4. Locate your sewer shut-off valve. Your house is equipped with a sewer shutoff valve to help minimize damage from an overflowing toilet. Find it, learn how to use it, and you’ll save can potentially spare yourself a ton of grief.
5. Learn how to tackle small problems yourself. With a plunger, pipe wrench and a sewer snake, you can take care of a host of small plumbing problems and, in the process, save yourself both time and money.
Still, not all plumbing repairs are of the DIY variety. Sometimes, only a pro will do, and when that time comes, Connor Plumbing will be on hand to lend all the assistance you need, just as we have been for well over 100 years.