Water is a vital necessity to humans and every other life form. The importance of water in our homes cannot be overemphasised. From cleaning our homes to the cooking of meals and several other chores requires water for them to be carried out. Our plumbing systems play a vital role in our use of water. If not properly done and maintained, it can cause harm to our homes and even our health.
It is common to find houses that have not had their plumbing system checked out in years, but just like cars, plumbing systems need to be maintained at least twice a year. You can get reliable plumbing services when you contact your local plumber in London to always check your plumbing system.
In every home, there is a basic plumbing check-list everyone in the house should know about, but if you are not aware of these things, you do not have to worry because we have taken our time to compile a check-list for you and every other person in your home.
A 10 point plumbing checklist
Plumbing emergencies need to be taken care of immediately. Just like fire drills are taught, you could teach your children and your spouse how to manage plumbing emergencies on time to avoid damage in your home.
- It is vital for everyone in your home to know where the main point of water supply to the house is and also the main shut-off valve. The shut-off valve is usually located in an open area by the water heater or in the wall with its handle sticking out. Some houses have their main shut-off valve in some odd locations like in the ceiling or the crawl space under the house. You can contact your local plumbing service provider in London if you cannot find the location of the main shut-off valve.
- Open and close all water and drain valves regularly at least twice a year to keep them from freezing. A valve may freeze up over time if left unattended. You may have to spend more on getting plumbing services from a professional when a valve gets stuck during a plumbing emergency.
- You should drain your water heater at least twice a year. This ensures your valve is in good condition and removes accumulated sediments from the bottom of the tank. This can help increase the heating capacity of the heater. You should always drain the water from the T and P valve on the side or top of the water heater. If your heater is an electric one, you need to turn off the breaker that provides power to the heater first. Connect a water hose to the valve at the bottom of the heater to drain it. If the water you drained out looks milky, you should contact expert plumber near your area for a water hardness test kit.
- Check your water heater outside the house to make sure none of the dials are moving when no one is home. Toilet and faucet leaks are very common.
- You can prevent your toilet from overflowing by removing the tank lid and pressing down the flapper, plunging the hole at the bottom before you turn off the stop valve
- Always check your toilets to ensure they are not leaking. You can do this by simply dropping a small amount of food colouring in the take, wait for twenty minutes then you check if the colour is on the toilet bowl.
- Know the location of your toilet and faucet stop valves. You can turn off your water supply at any time it becomes necessary.
- A plunger should always be available in your home.
- Use a plunger or roto rooter tool (auger) to remove clogs from your plumbing pipes instead of chemical drain cleaners.
- Always have spare toilet kits and rubber gaskets at home for simple plumbing.
You do not need to wait until you have a major plumbing issue in your home before you get your plumbing system checked. Call 020 34752306 or send us an email on email@example.com to get the best plumbing services.