A lot of plumbing problems can be easily avoided. How? By simple maintenance tricks that you can do on your own…
How to Avoid Plumbing Problems
Except for rare cases, a lot of plumbing problems can be avoided. First off, check for leaks. Even the tiniest leak can lead to unmanageable flooding if it isn’t noticed or taken care of immediately. The resulting water damage can be expensive too. Start with the outside of your home first. Check all exterior walls, unheated basements, garages and crawl spaces, especially those areas that lack insulation as these areas are more prone to pipe damage particularly during the winter.
We know what you’re thinking? Pipes freezing in Florida? Really? Yes. Look at all the Polar Vortex type storms. All it takes is an unprotected pipe, a bit of cold weather, and you could find yourself facing a plumbing nightmare of epic proportions. On the subject of cold weather….
Winterize Your Pipes
Drain and insulate all outdoor faucets and pipes in your home plumbing system before winter if possible. Any water trapped in outdoor pipes may freeze, expand, and then crack, break, or burst the pipes. Drain and disconnect all garden hoses and use a hose bib or faucet cover to insulate your outdoor faucets from freezing temperatures. For sprinkler systems, shut off the water flow into the system and drain all water from the pipes. For further assistance with winterizing, most residential plumbers can help you with the draining and insulating process for your home plumbing.
Above all else, make sure that you protect your home from the elements. Once you’ve checked the outside of your home, it’s then a good idea to look for leaks inside your home as well. A residential plumber can help here as well, though there are a couple of simple tricks to find any leaks. Locate the water meter for your home. Make sure that there aren’t any appliances that use water in operation and that no one is taking a shower or a bath. Watch your water meter for about one minute. If the number does not change, congratulations, you don’t have a leak. If it goes up, however, then you’re dealing with a leak somewhere. So, look around and see if you can see any water puddling, or smell a musty smell. Sometimes, you can hear water dripping if the house is quiet enough. Ultimately, however, going to need to call a residential plumber
PUR Plumbing Inc.
7139 Mitchell Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL. 34655