Today’s article comes from our friends over at Vision Geelong Plumbers. They are going to give us some advice on how to take care of the plumbing in your holiday home. Enjoy!
Plumbing has been around since Roman times. However, modern homes have an extravagant supply of cold and hot water when needed because of advanced plumbing. Plumbing principles are simple – valves and pressure = and if they fail your house may be left with a waterlogged mess. The best thing to do to prevent any major problems is to act quickly. Any smart homeowners know how to recognize and resolve small plumbing problems before they become big issues.
To keep your plumbing stay dry, happy and worry free, here are some helpful tips:
Keep an eye out for trouble. Little leaks lead to major problems in plumbing. Be watchful and attentive to signs of possible plumbing issues such as damp cabinets, rocking toilets, dripping refrigerators and leaking faucets should be a red alert signs of possible plumbing problems that need your immediate attention.
Repair problems early. Stay above plumbing problems to keep your house dry and clean. Aside from being annoying, a leaking faucet releases moisture that puts a wear on sink fixtures that promotes growth of mildew and moulds.
When trouble happens know where to go. Anytime your plumbing system breaks down, you should know how to stop the flood by knowing where your water supply main shut off valve is. Ensure all possible tools you may need are stored nearby for easy access.
Appliances shut-off. Likewise knowing how to shut off water-using appliances like refrigerator’s ice maker, washing machines, as well as toilets and sinks in case of misbehaviour will save your day and a lot of soggy mess to clean up.
Know the location of the sewer valve. Ultimately, locate where the household’s main sewer valve is to provide entry to rectify clogged sewer line and avoid appropriate workmen spend expensive labor time searching for it when your toilet overflows.
Learn how to take on small problems. Small plumbing emergencies can be handled with just a few tools and minimal knowledge. Small problems like blocked toilets, dripping faucets, stuck valves and clogged drains can be taken care of with just a sewer snake, pipe wrench and plunger in your tool kit.
Keep plumbing safe in cold weather. Extreme winter climate creates sudden household emergency because frozen water in freezing pipes expands causing the pipes to crack which vents a flood when the area melts. Plumbing help can be hard to find in a weather crisis like this, so try these helpful tips:
Prevent frozen pipes before they start. Your best defense for this is to insulate exposed pipes in a crawl space or garage with easy-to-install peel-and-stick solution plastic insulation. Before winter comes, remove outside hoses and apply insulation caps to outdoor fixtures since exterior spigots damage interior pipes too.
When cold weather strikes, go into action. Avoid frozen blockage in pipes by opening taps to a bare trickle and opening cabinets beneath sinks and bathroom fixtures because warmer household air will help prevent the pipes inside from freezing.
Don’t panic if pipes do freeze. The first thing to do is to shut off water supply to the house and open a faucet near the blocked area to release vapours from the frozen water. Turn off hot water heater if you believe the hot water system is frozen. Using a hair dryer, warm the frozen pipe, starting at the end of the pipe nearest the tap. You’ll know the pipe has begun thawing when water begins to drip from the open faucet. Check pipes carefully for cracks or leaks.
Take care guys, and safe holidays. As usual, you can contact us at anytime.