All plumbing emergencies should be avoided if possible, however, the only way to do this is to actively ensure that you are taking the right steps to avoid it. This way, you avoid costly repairs not only to the plumbing in your home but to other areas of your home, as well. Here's how to avoid the three most common types of plumbing emergencies:
Emergency Shut Off Valve Not Working:
When you have a major leak or clog in the sink or toilet, you will want to immediately turn the emergency shut off valve to that appliance. The problem with this is that many homeowners don't often use these valves and they become corroded, which means that they are impossible to turn when you need them. For this reason, you need to be sure that you know where these emergency shut off valves are and regularly activate them just to ensure that corrosion does not become a problem. This way, you can avoid serious water damage in your home when there is a leak or clog.
Leaking in Your Home When You are Away:
When you go out of town for a prolonged period of time, you need to be sure that you turn off the main water line to your home. This way, if there is a possible leak in any of the pipes in your home, they do not cause water damage because there will be no water to leak out into your home if the main water line is shut off. You should only do this if there won't be anyone in your home during this time. Another option, however, is to have someone check up on your home regularly. This way, they can take care of an emergency, such as a leak if it arises.
Water Heater Corroding:
Corrosion in the water heater needs to be avoided because if it is corroded enough, it will leak, which means there is going to be a whole lot of water building up around it. This can cause major water damage. This is why it's important to flush your water tank at least every two years. This way, the sediment that builds at the bottom of the tank is removed, which ensures that corrosion is not possible.
When you know how to avoid these three common plumbing emergencies, you can be sure that you keep your home free from major problems with water damage. For more information, contact a plumbing contractor.
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