How to Prevent Plumbing Emergencies

How to Prevent Plumbing Emergencies

For many of us, the bathroom is one of the most commonly used rooms in the household, but is also one of the most misunderstood. In general, keeping it clean and making sure the floor doesn’t flood may seem like the greatest priority, but in reality there are often some ways to keep the bathroom working optimally that sometimes get overlooked. Besides being able to save you money in the long run, it can also be very important to optimize the utilization of plumbing to minimize emergencies in the future.

Staying on Top of Plumbing Issues

You wouldn’t think it, but sometimes the greatest mistake we can make is accepting something at face value. Take, for example, the so-called flushable wipes that seem to be one of the greatest trends in the country. Whether they seem perfect for teaching toddlers to keep clean, directed at men for keeping themselves refreshed, or even offered to women for sanitation purposes, anything that is advertised as something that can go down the toilet as easily as paper should be reconsidered carefully. Studies have shown that anything other than toilet paper and human waste should be thrown into the trash can instead, as these can cause issues in septic units and along the pipes.

One of the more common problems some people have with their plumbing are leaky sinks. While many cartoons and jokes often tease the fact that a dripping faucet can be more amusing than a mild inconvenience, the reality of the situation is that once your sink has a leak it could potentially cost you anywhere between twenty to two hundred dollars a year or more in wasted water. With a continuing crisis of limited drinking water across America, with some places without sustainable sources, it can be beneficial to everyone to maintain optimal plumbing in the household. This includes stopping drips as soon as possible. One of the best ways to prevent a leak is to not over-extend the faucet when turning it off. This can wear down the washer sooner than is necessary. Knowing where the main water valve is in your home could mean the difference in thousands of gallons of water saved in the event of a pipe emergency. Handled quickly, you can prevent an issue that could cost you more than you are willing to pay in the long run. If you discover a problem and need to have it resolved sooner than later, it is a good idea to shut off the valve and give us a call as soon as you can!