Indoor plumbing has been around for Centuries. And, with today’s technology the advances are like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. But, one thing has stayed the same – the best way to avoid a plumbing failure is proper maintenance.
Your plumbing system is fairly simplistic in what it does. It brings clean water to your home and carries used water away from your home. But, the components that make these functions happen are sophisticated in that they all have to work together as one cohesive system or, the clean water doesn’t make it and the dirty water stays.
Luckily, because indoor plumbing has been around for so long and the functions haven’t changed, there are a handful of things that go wrong more commonly than others, so we know what should be done to prevent them.
Here are a few preventative measures that you can take to make sure that your plumbing system is properly working when you need it:
- Small leaks WILL escalate to major leaks. The thing about water is that it will slowly and over time erode the area around it. If you have a leak, it is like in an area where there is a wood cabinet, and eventually the leak will get bigger and cause more damage.
- As soon as you notice a problem, get it fixed. Leaving a plumbing issue unrepaired for a length of time is only compounding the damage and the cost for repair. If you notice that a faucet isn’t working right, make sure that it gets fixed right away.
- Know where your shut-off valves are so you can stop the flow of water in the event of a flood or clog. Teach anyone in your household who is old enough to understand and do this also. Anyone who can turn the water off should be taught, it could mean the difference between major water damage and just a small amount.
Keep your plumbing system properly maintained all year around to avoid a plumbing failure. Make it a point to spend a couple of hours a month looking under sinks and in cabinets with a flashlight to see if there are any small leaks. When the winter months are coming to a close, look around your home on the outside around hose bibs and sprinkler system to see if there are any leaks. These places are ideal for sneak leaks that can get out of hand if left unrepaired.