Home plumbing problems have a way of sneaking up on you, and often at the worst possible time. Of course, is there ever a good time for something to go wrong with a faucet, garbage disposal, water heater, and all the rest? Of course not.
To help minimize your plumbing repair issues and costs, Plumbtastic is pleased to offer these time-tested home plumbing tips:
- Be on the lookout for water leaks. Small water leaks often lead to much bigger problems. As soon as you spot one, you need to have it repaired for your own sake. And while a dripping faucet is easy to spot, other plumbing needs require a little detective work. So, from time to time, look and feel around in your lower kitchen cabinets, even those with a water line that connects to our refrigerator. Speaking of your fridge, check behind it to ensure that water line hasn’t sprung a leak. Other signs of home water leaks include a damp spot on a carpet over a concrete slab, a wet spot on your lawn when the rest of it dry, and the sudden appearance of black mold on a wall or ceiling.
- Repair problems early. A leaking faucet isn’t just annoying; the moisture it releases puts added wear on sink fixtures and can encourage the growth of mold and mildew.
- Know how to respond to plumbing overflows. If water is gushing from your sink, toilet, or anywhere else, locate your main shut-off valve. If it’s in a dark, hidden, or hard-to-reach place, gather any tools you’ll need for a quick shut-off, and store them nearby the main valve. There’s nothing like the frustration of a missing flashlight or misplaced shut-off key when water’s pouring down the stairs from a broken pipe.
- Shutting off appliances. Equally important, know how to and practice shutting off water to sinks, toilets, washing machines and other water-using appliances.
- Locate your sewer shut-off valve. Your sewer shutoff valve exists, once again, to minimize damage from an overflowing toilet. Find it, learn how to use it, and you’ll save yourself a lot of grief should the need arise.
- How to detect a cracked toilet water tank. If you suspect your toilet’s water tank is leaking, there’s one sure way to find out. Pour a teaspoon of food color in the tank. Then, about a half hour later, check the toilet bowl. If even a hint of that color is present, you have at least a hairline crack in your tank. It should be repaired or replaced before a more serious leak occurs.
There are two key ways we can assist you with home plumbing problems. The first and best is to help you prevent them with our annual whole-house plumbing inspection. At the same time, plumbing fixtures and systems don’t last forever, even with the best of care, so when a problem does occur, contact us for high quality repair diagnosis and solutions. Plumbtastic: always ready to lend a helping hand.