Faulty plumbing can cause extensive damage, leading to extensive repairs that could otherwise be avoided if the fault was identified in a timely manner. Plumbing problems include, but are not limited to, clogged drains, leaking toilets, burst pipes, and sewage buildup.
If you’re a homeowner, plumbing repair costs are probably your least favorite home repairs–they cost a lot, and the repairs, although necessary, don’t particularly bolster the appeal of your house.
Quite often, house plumbing problems can be brought under control with the right knowledge and tools. All you need to do is find out what the problem is and go from there.
Understand The Problem
Research the problem you need to fix to understand how and why it arose in the first place. After determining the cause, search for ways to fix it and figure out what methods fall within the purview of home repairs. List the tools required, and if they’re regular tools that are found in the average toolbox, and get to work!
Know Where the Main Shutoff Valve is
While in-house leaks require a professional’s help, one way to limit the damage is to turn off the main water supply. This is why it’s important to identify the location of the main valve beforehand. Whether it’s a leaking toilet or kitchen pipe, shutting off the water supply will do two things: prevent water damage and limit water wastage that you would have to pay for at the end of the month!
The same technique should be used if there is a leak in your water heater. Turn off the heater’s valve and cut the fuel/electricity supply. This gives you time to look at the problem in detail and not risk significant damage to your heating setup.
Stock Up on Essentials
There are some essential tools that you need to keep in your house to address plumbing emergencies. They’re not a permanent solution but can help mitigate the problem until the plumber arrives. These include epoxy compounds, rubber sleeves/connectors, drain snakes, and pipe clamps.
Lastly, maintaining and upgrading your plumbing infrastructure regularly is the best way to ensure that no plumbing emergencies arise in the first place.