There’s nothing worse than coming home from a long day at work to find that you have an emergency plumbing situation on your hands. Whether a pipe burst, or a fixture is leaking, the damage can be far-reaching if you don’t handle it quickly. We’re sure anyone who has been in a situation like this would agree that the best thing to do would be to never need emergency plumbing services. Luckily for you, we have some tips on how you can prevent emergency plumbing situations in your home.
1. Follow best practice guidelines with your drains. In your kitchen, don’t clog drains with fat or grease and make sure you avoid putting certain items in your garbage disposal (such as bones or shells). In the bathroom, avoid flushing items down the toilet such as paper towels, tissues, or feminine products.
2. Take seasonal preventive measures. During holidays when you have houseguests, consider putting hair traps in your showers. Encourage equal usage of all bathrooms to prevent one toilet from overuse. During winter, keep the temperature in your bathrooms above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you clean the leaves and debris out of your gutters and downspouts to allow for proper water drainage.
3. Keep up with routine maintenance on your plumbing. Have your boiler serviced regularly, watch for leaks and address them right away, and make sure water drains properly from your appliances, toilets, and showers. Consider having a professional plumbing inspection to make sure that everything is working as it should and there are no danger signs with your pipes or fixtures.
4. Find your water shut off valve and know how to use it. If you do find a leak, shut the water off to prevent further damage until you can get a professional to your home to check it out.