Being a homeowner doesn't make you a professional plumber — even
though you did unclog the toilet that one time. While most will consider
themselves weekend plumbers, fixing your home's plumbing is a complicated
and difficult job to do. However, no matter who you are there are a few
plumbing tips you should know.
Look Out for Leaks – Leaking faucets and shower heads are all too common and can start out
of nowhere. It's important to always keep an eye out and an ear open
for a dripping faucet. The earlier you catch a leak, the less money you'll
spend in wasted water.
Emergency Shutdown – When a pipe bursts or a leak repair gets out of control, it's important
to know how to shut off the water supply. Locate your main shut off valve
and know how to properly turn the water off. Knowing this can help prevent
your home from flooding during a plumbing emergency.
Fixture Shutdown – Sometimes shutting down your main water supply isn't necessary when
you can turn off the water going to a specific fixture. Toilets, sinks,
washers, and water heaters each have a shut off and you should know how
to shut each one.
Holstered Tools – Every homeowner should have a plunger, pipe wrench, and a drain snake.
These three tools will help you remove any small blockages, unclog drains,
and repair slightly leaky faucets. Remember to do your research or call
a plumber because knowledge is the most important tool of all.
Insulated Pipes – Pipes are prone to freezing in the cold weather, that's just what
they do. To prevent this, all pipes in the garage, crawl space, and other
exposed areas should be insulated. Otherwise, you run the risk of flooding
your home with a bursted pipe.
Not everyone is a plumber, but everyone should know the basics of plumbing
to get by. When your plumbing needs professional help, contact the pros
at Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more,
or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.