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How to Avoid Plumbing Emergencies
August 21 / 2015

How to Avoid Plumbing Emergencies

Proactive homeowners can avoid many plumbing emergencies. Plumbing maintenance can help you reduce your costs for repairs and leaks that are wasting electricity and water. By following a simple maintenance checklist, you can prevent many problems before they happen.

Tips to Prevent Plumbing Emergencies

Water Heater and Boiler - Before the heating season begins, inspect and clean your boiler. Also make sure you clean and inspect your water heater every year. Because these can be technical jobs, you may want to call Rooter Hero Plumbing to assist you. Valves – Locate your shut-off valves and make sure they work properly. Make sure everyone in the home knows where these valves are in the case of an emergency. Leaks – Check for undetected leaks. Take note of hot spots on the walls or floor, loose tiles, toilets that constantly run, dripping faucets and leaky hoses. These should be fixed right away. New Appliances and Fixtures – If your showerheads or faucets are outdated, or your water heater is more than 15 years old, consider upgrading to improve your plumbing’s function. This also goes for appliances that require water, such as dishwashers and washing machines. Septic – Inspect the area for any marshy regions in the drainage field. If you find any, that could be the sign of a leak. You should also have your septic tank pumped every three to five years to ensure proper functioning. Water Pressure – Check for low water pressure. If you have low water pressure, it could be because of sediment buildup in the pipes or a leak. Call a plumber to assess the situation. If your water pressure is too high, it can cause pipes to burst. Basement Flooding – If your basement is prone to water issues or you live in an area that floods, your home may benefit from installing a sump pump. As an extra precaution, consider getting a sump pump that has a battery backup or a water-powered sump pump so you can still remove water during a power outage.

Preventative Maintenance

Remember, maintenance is the key to prevention when it comes to plumbing emergencies. Pay close attention to your home's water quality too. Hard or untreated water can wreak havoc on a system. By performing regular inspections and following through with preventative maintenance, you can save yourself a lot of time and a lot of stress later on.