When it comes to your home, emergency situations can happen at any time.
And of all the things in your home, it’s your plumbing that can cause the most amount of problems for you.
To avoid dealing with a plumbing nightmare, there are certain things you should do AND refrain from doing.
1) Keep DIY to a Minimum
If the toilet seat breaks or the shower head needs cleaning, go right ahead and replace or clean those parts. These are things that can be done by the homeowner without much risk.
However, when it comes to you trying to repair or replace plumbing fixtures, appliances, or pieces of your plumbing pipes — things can get ugly real quick!
If you make a mistake when trying to repair or replace something involving your plumbing, you risk causing damage to your plumbing system or a specific fixture. Since your plumbing is dealing with water, this mistake can lead to leaks. When something begins to leak, it will cost you even more money to have that repaired or replaced once the damage has been done.
It’s okay to fix the small things, but when it comes to intermediate-to-major repairs, please call your local plumber instead.
2) Know How to Shut Off Your Water
Leaks can occur out of nowhere and can cause serious and immediate damage to your home if they are bad enough. Take a burst pipe for example; a rush of water will begin flowing out of the pipe and can flood the entire ground floor of the house.
When something like this happens, it’s best to be prepared. Know where your main water shut-off valve is located and know how to turn it off. By locating it and turning the water off in a practice run, you’ll know exactly where to go and what to do when a plumbing nightmare does occur.
The last thing you want to deal with is water damage and mold growth on top of the plumbing that needs replacement…
3) A Fully Stocked Toolbox
As professional plumbers, we recommend every homeowner call us when they need plumbing repairs. However, we also recommend you have the necessary tools to fix things just in case.
Whether it’s a small repair any homeowner can do or an emergency situation where you need to act fast while the plumber is on the way, it’s best to be prepared and have a toolbox filled with necessary tools.
Common tools you should have on-hand include a pipe wrench, adjustable wrench, Phillips-head screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, metal file, hand auger, heavy duty grip gloves, needle-nose pliers, and tongue-and-groove pliers.
A plumbing nightmare is the last thing you want to deal with, which is why you need to be prepared.
For those wanting to be prepared for a plumbing emergency, make sure you keep our number (at the top of the website), stored in your phone’s contacts. When a plumbing nightmare strikes, you need to act as fast as you can!