Help Me! Avoid The 5 Commonest Plumbing Disasters
I often see the same old plumbing problems coming up over and over again. A limited group of common problems earn us a large portion of our call outs. Funnily enough, quite a few of the commonest issues we deal with are the same jobs that are the quickest and simplest to prevent with good regular maintenance.
Taking a little time to routinely run some straightforward maintenance checks on your plumbing systems allows you to spot potential issues early – before you need to call a plumber out. By learning the way to spot and repair a couple of fundamental plumbing difficulties, you’ll be able to minimize and stop the majority of the harm they cause.
Here are the 5 most common plumbing emergencies we see – and what it is possible to do to avoid them:
1 – Burst Pipes: Whenever a pipe bursts, time is of the essence to prevent water damage. Your priority is to cut off the water supply to the burst pipe as swiftly as you possibly can. Make sure you know exactly where the main water cut-off is for your house, and be sure it’s readily accessible in an emergency. Your plumbing system may also have cut-offs for every major water appliance. You are able to spot these by looking at the water pipes flowing into you toilets, sinks, and washing machines – they look like a small valve within the middle of the pipe. Be certain every person within the family knows exactly where the main cut-offs are and how to use them. Once the water is off you are able to assess the damage – repairing the pipe on your own or calling us out if needed.
2 – Frozen Pipes: Water expands if it freezes – terrible news if it happens to be trapped inside a pipe when it happens! If the frozen pipe has cracked, it will have to be replaced. In the event that it hasn’t cracked, you could thaw the pipe carefully through pouring warm water over the frozen section. Prevention is a lot better than cure – take a couple of easy steps to minimize the likelihood of the pipes freezing. Check for any uncovered pipes which may possibly be at risk, and be certain they’re properly insulated. Simple pipe lagging is generally sufficient. Don’t forget to look for outdoor pipes and those in chilly areas for example outbuildings, garages, and roof spaces. Also consider leaving your heating on low in the event you will be away from home for a while – sustaining 10-12 C when you’re out will help keep the frost away.
3 – Dripping Fixtures: A leaking tap, shower, or toilet costs you money in wasted water, and may result in major water damage if it is not stopped quickly. Cut the water off and check for any apparent causes of the leak – worn rubber seals, cracks, or blockages. When it is not a straightforward repair, call us and we’ll do a complete repair.
4 – Clogged Toilets and Drains: Several blocks and clogs are often fixed with a plunger plus a bit of elbow grease – keep one handy just for this kind of job. When the plunger will not fix it, a specialist unblocking tool called an Auger, or ‘drain snake’ should get the job done – these break up the blockage from the inside and also free the pipe.
5- Gas leaks: Gas leaks are one area where it is best to by no means attempt DIY. When you can smell gas, just get everyone out as speedily as you safely can as well as call the gas company. If you know exactly where your gas cut off is, and you happen to be positive you know the best way to turn it off correctly, you can do so, but pleases do not waste any time in getting everyone out from the building. Keep your gas appliances clean and totally free from dirt as a part of your basic household upkeep jobs, and you’ll minimize the chances of them being blocked or damaged.