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Four ways to prevent a plumbing emergency in your home

A plumbing emergency is always inconvenient, especially in the middle of the night or when you don’t have time to fix it. Plumbing emergencies can cause hassle, stress and can be extremely costly. However, there are ways you can reduce the likelihood of these emergencies. By organising regular routine maintenance conducted by an experienced plumber, you can ensure your plumbing is under control.

Maintain your drains

One of the most common plumbing emergencies is blocked drains. Blocked drains can cause water to overflow or, even worse, sewage to back up and flow out into your house or garden. Organising regular maintenance on your drains can reduce the likelihood of blocked drains.

It’s also important to ensure that grease, oil, hair, food, and other debris do not fall down your drains. Instead, ensure you throw grease into a bin and use strainers or traps to catch other items. In addition, you can use one of the common drain cleaners that are available in stores periodically to ensure that your drains are kept in top condition all year round.

Detect and fix leaks early

Even leaks that may appear to be tiny and insignificant can evolve into a large problem. For example, a leak may start because of a worn washer, but fixing the leak while it’s small can save you from the worst-case scenario of the pipe becoming loose and water gushing everywhere.

To avoid leaks resulting in serious damage, it’s important to have a licensed plumber regularly check for hidden leaks. Most qualified plumbers have experience with leak detection technologies and can detect hidden leaks early that you otherwise would overlook. If you notice a damp spot, it’s essential to check it straight away before the leak becomes a flood.

Identify where your pipes run

If you are doing any digging, drilling or renovation work that is likely to take you near water pipes, it’s critical to ensure you know exactly where those pipes are so that you don’t cut into them or damage them. Inflicting damage to a pipe will likely result in you having to call a plumber to fix the problem. Check your house plan to start with, as this may outline where the plumbing runs and help to avoid causing damage. If you are unsure, it is critical that you avoid taking the risk.

Know where to turn the water off

To be prepared for the unlikely occasion of a pipe breaking unexpectedly, it is critical that you know how to turn off the water supply in your home. The quicker you turn off the water, the less damage will be done to your home and to the plumbing. Turning the water off quickly may save your plumber from having to complete an expensive repair job.

Whether you need help maintaining your drains, detecting leaks early or are looking to expand your knowledge of the water supply within your home, the plumbing experts at David Frith Quality Plumbing are only one call away on 02 9521 8197.