Keeping an Eye Out on Your Plumbing

When it comes to your plumbing in your home, small leaks can turn into big problems.  Be aware of some of the signs of plumbing failures:

  • Leaking faucets
  • Damp cabinets
  • Rocking toilets
  • Dripping appliances
  • Leaking water heaters

These are all signs of a plumbing problem that will need immediate attention.

Where There is a Leak, Mold and Mildew will Grow

When there is a leak in your plumbing, moisture is released which causes the growth of mold and mildew.  If the plumbing fails, you will need to know how to stop the flood quickly.

  1. Locate the main shut-off valve for the home water supply
    It is best to have an emergency plumbing kit available, especially if the main plumbing valve is in a dark, hidden, or hard-to-reach area.  Your plumbing kit should have the following:

    • A flashlight
    • Pipe wrench (you can purchase a turnkey for the main water at your local home repair store)
    • Small shovel
    • Rain coat (just in case it is raining, so you can stay dry)
  2. Locate all the shut-off valves for your individual fixtures and appliances
    If you do not know, 24-7 Plumbing offers a plumbing inspection of your home which includes the location of all valves and if they are in good working order.
  3. Know where your clean outs are for the sewage system
    This will save time for the plumber.

Heading Out of Town?

When you leave your home for a period of time, turn off the appliances and water supply.  All too often, we have received calls from homeowners who have arrived back in town to a flooded home, because they did not ensure that all the sources of water in their home were shut down.

If you have someone that can check on your home daily, while you are away, this will be helpful.  Be sure to show your house sitter all the shut off valves and plumbing emergency numbers.

Other Things to Remember

  • Garbage Disposals – Never put hard-to-grind waste (e.g. chicken skins, bones, vegetables, peels, egg shells) into the garbage disposal.  These items will clog the drain and jam the disposal.  Run cold water down the drain for about 15 seconds before and after using the disposal to flush waste down the main line.  Never pour fats or cooking oils down the drain – they will harden in the pipes.  Make sure the drains have strainers to prevent hair and debris from clogging the plumbing drains.
  • Faucets and hose bibbs ensure that water flows freely.  If an outdoor faucet drips or leaks inside your home, especially when you first turn the hose on, this indicates the faucet needs to be replaced.
  • If you see or step in standing water, this is a clear indication there is a leaking or broken plumbing pipe.  This can also come from a damaged sewer line, which will contain waste from the home.  This is unhealthy for children and pets and is a breeding ground for insects, germs, and parasites.
  • Avoid clogging, not only your toilet, but the whole plumbing sewer system. NEVER flush any of the following down the toilet:
    • Sanitary products
    • Cotton swabs or cotton balls
    • Hair
    • Scrub pads
    • Diapers
    • Cleaning wipes

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