A lot of major plumbing disasters come at the worst and most unfortunate times. It could be a clogged toilet during a dinner party, a leak that developed while you were on vacation, or the water suddenly stopping while there’s soap in your eyes. Many of these poses not just damage that can be expensive to repair but also risks to the homeowner’s health.
However, most of those issues don’t just randomly occur. They could be the result of minor problems that have accumulated over time. And while it is true that all things eventually suffer wear and tear, there are some things you can do to delay the inevitable. Here are some ways you can avoid plumbing disasters.
1. Familiarize yourself with your home’s plumbing system.
Having a basic knowledge of how your plumbing works can go a long way toward preventing damage to your home. Knowledge of how and where to turn off your main lines, at least in the event of leaks or toilets, can save you a lot of money. It also helps to know what material your pipes and fittings are made of and to keep a record of past problems you’ve encountered.
2. Have the necessary tools ready for emergencies.
It’s good to have an arsenal of some basic tools in the event of plumbing problems, whether large or small. Duct tape, for example, can be a good temporary solution to a leaky pipe before the plumber comes to fix it. A handy pipe wrench will allow you to turn even the stiffest of knobs. And, of course, always keep a toilet plunger in the bathroom.
3. Learn to identify the signs of plumbing problems.
We’ve written quite a few articles on the signs of various plumbing problems, everything from identifying them by sound to a change in the taste of your water. Recognizing symptoms early can prevent the problem from getting much worse.
4. Don’t just flush anything down.
This isn’t just for hygiene products like cotton swabs and floss. You should properly dispose of grease in the waste bin, never let any solid food waste go down the drain, and know what you can and cannot put into the garbage disposal.
5. Do preventive maintenance.
We will say it again and again until the point is driven home: an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Not only is it cheaper in the long run, but it can also help your pipes and fittings last longer. One thing you could do is to regularly clean your drains with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. If you don’t know what your pipes are made of, avoid using store-bought drain cleaners as they can damage your pipes.
6. Consult the professionals.
There is only so much you can do on your own. There comes a point where trying to figure it out yourself without professional supervision or intervention can make the problem worse. If that’s the case, contact the experts at IC Plumbing Services today for anything you might need.