Are you prepared to deal with a plumbing emergency?
Plumbing emergencies are something no homeowner wants to deal with. From leaking or burst pipes to clogged drains, most plumbing problems have the potential to cause major damage to your home if they are not dealt with quickly. The simplest way to make sure that you never have to deal with costly water damage or the hassle of replacing pipes is to take steps to safeguard yourself against emergency. The following tips will help you keep your plumbing running smoothly without having to worry about possible emergencies.
Take Care of Your Pipes
Plumbing emergencies usually start with your pipes. By making sure that you are doing everything you can to keep your pipes in good condition, you reduce the chance of them springing a leak or bursting.
Keep food and grease out of your sink: you should never dispose of grease by pouring it down your sink. The grease will harden in the pipes and can lead to clogs. Always pour grease into a container and allow it to harden before throwing it away. Likewise, food waste should be thrown in the garbage and not disposed of down the sink. If you have a garburator, it is still important to pay attention to which foods cannot be disposed of to reduce your risk of clogs.
Don’t use drain cleaners to clear clogs: drain cleaners contain chemicals that are harmful to your drain lines. By using these chemicals to get rid of clogs, you run the risk of creating small leaks in your drain. Instead of chemical drain cleaners, try sprinkling baking soda into your drains, rinsing slightly with warm water, and following with one cup of vinegar.
Prevent clogs in bathroom drains: as much as possible, you should make sure that hair or other objects aren’t being washed down the drains in your bathrooms. Bathroom drains can be covered with plastic filters that keep hair, small pieces of soap, or other small objects
Maintain Your Water Heater
Your water heater has the potential to create a ton of water damage in your home. In order to avoid a leaking, bursting, or broken water tank, make sure it is properly maintained. A gallon of water can be removed from the tank a few times a year to remove any sediment that has accumulated at the bottom of the tank. It is also a good idea to periodically check for small leaks or rust so you can stop a small problem before it turns into a bigger one.
Check Your Washing Machine Hose
Your washing machine is another appliance that can cause extensive water damage in the case of a malfunction. A common problem with washing machines is cracking or bursting of the supply hoses, especially if they are made of rubber. Checking hoses for bulges or cracks and replacing them approximately ever ten years is a simple way to prevent disaster. When replacing hose, braided metal ones are the best option for replacement as they minimize the change of cracking or bursting.
The easiest way to avoid problems with your plumbing is to maintain your appliances and treat them gently, but sometimes problems happen anyway. If you do run into plumbing emergencies, Proven Plumbing is here to help! Our emergency plumbing service is available 24/7 with no extra emergency fees so you can save yourself the extra damage of waiting until office hours to call a plumber. More information about all of our plumbing services can be found here.