Occasionally, Newcastle plumbing emergencies such as slab leaks are unavoidable. However, some of the more common issues can be prevented with the right know-how and proper preventive care. Safeguarding a plumbing system against the most common disastrous situations will reduce the chances of water damage, dirty situations, extreme inconvenience and surprise expenses
Some of the most common plumbing disasters include:
- Clogged toilets, tubs, showers or sinks
- Leaky fixtures, appliance hoses, and water heaters
- Frozen or busted pipes
Preventative Maintenance and Care:
Clogs are among the most preventable plumbing disasters there are. In order to help prevent clogs, never flush anything down the toilet aside from toilet paper or items which specifically state that they are flush-able.
If small children are present in the home, consider installing lid locks on the toilet seat to avoid small items such as toys or food items from finding their way into the pipes.
Never pour grease or oil down drains including kitchen sinks, or try to force food particles past the drain catcher. Install sink traps in the bathrooms to stop hair and other particles from going down the drain which should be removed and cleaned periodically for maximum drain flow.
Leaks can progress rapidly and cause significant damage throughout a plumbing system. Consider purchasing flow sensors which can detect plumbing leaks, which a professional plumber can install and check periodically. It can be very helpful to have shut-off valves for appliances and fixtures, such as toilets, dishwashers and the refrigerator’s ice-maker. It is also very important to know where the main water shut-off valve is located for the property is in case of an emergency situation to prevent flooding and consequent water damage.
If you are not sure where your water shut-off valve is, make sure to ask a plumber who can perform a simple walk around the property to locate this and show you.
When the weather gets cooler, prevent freezing and breaking by insulating any pipes exposed to temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and remove any hoses connected to outdoor spigots. Most local hardware stores stock outdoor faucet covers made of Styrofoam and insulation for only a few dollars which can be used throughout the winter months.
Professionals also suggest leaving a faucet in the home dripping lightly with running water which helps to prevent pipes from freezing on those extra frigid days.
Have a regular annual inspection conducted by a certified plumber to provide peace-of-mind and stop a problem from spiraling out of control. Certified plumbers are experts as leak detection, and preventative care, providing the assurance needed to know you are doing everything you can to avoid plumbing disasters from occurring.
If you are due for a plumbing inspection, or require further assistance with any Newcastle plumbing emergency, Puget Services is here to help. Contact us at (888) 435-1212 to schedule a consultation today.