As a home or a business owner, it’s important that the components that allow your home to ‘work’ aren’t so foreign to you. This is particularly important because in the event of a crisis or in-the-moment issue, it’s beneficial to know exactly what to do, or at least an idea as to what the game plan should be. Below are a few key things to know about your plumbing and plumbing fixtures to better familiarize yourself with what’s happening at home.
Finding Your Source
A leak happens, and you know the water needs to be shut off — great, where do you go? If you’re unable to answer this question, it’s important to learn how to be able to. Find and locate your central water line that brings in the water to your home. Many times, there will be a specifically labeled valve that can shut off and prevent any more water from entering your home. This is critical in the event of a leak, blockage, or anything that may involve you shutting off your supply of water.
Check Your Bills
Many times, the water bill comes in the mail and you’re unsure of what it means — but you have to pay it right? While this may be true in most cases, it’s important to do a bit of research on what your bill outlines, and monitor the change in price month over month. This is especially important because you should certainly know why your bill becomes too expensive — it can point to a larger issue!
Inspect For Leaks
Leaks can be a huge cause to the above — and in addition to that, it can be the largest driver for damage in your home, especially if unseen. By checking your water meter with everything turned off and tight, come back regularly to it once or twice over the course of an hour. If you’re noticing no change, your system is operating as it should with no issues. If the number is higher, you may have an issue with a leak that you can’t see — and that can lead to costly repair!
When problems arise at home, it’s important to know what to do, and who to call. Make sure you’re calling someone local who can assist when you need them most! For any type of plumbing needs in central Pennsylvania, check out Mr. Rooter of Central PA! We have decades of experience servicing homes and businesses in the PA region.