When you own a home there are some things that you should know about home repair, your plumbing is one such area. You should be getting routine plumbing maintenance done. You should also be on the lookout for signs that there’s a clog or a leak in your plumbing. But a professional plumber we spoke with also recommends that homeowners have some knowledge of these 5 things:
Where the Water Shut Off Is
If there were a plumbing emergency in the home, do you know where the main water shut off is? It is very important that you know this. Imagine if you have a catastrophic emergency in the plumbing in your home, you will need to shut off your homes water to prevent water damage in your home and to prevent a major flood. If you don’t know where the shut off is ask a professional plumber to show you where it is when you are having routine plumbing maintenance done.
What Kind of Pipes You Have
Every home is different when it comes to the types of pipe in the home. The age of your home has a lot to do with the kinds of pipes that you have. Older homes may even lead pipes still. Lead pipes should be replaced with PVC or other kinds of pipes to make sure they don’t contaminate the drinking water. A professional plumber can tell you what kinds of pipes you have and replace any lead pipes in the home.
Where Your Water Comes From
Where does the water in your home come from? Do you have a well on the property or do you use municipal water that is piped in? Knowing where your water comes from could be important in an emergency. Most homes draw water from municipal sources but if you live in a rural area or if your home is very old you may have well water. It’s important to find out which type of water you have in your home.
What Your Water Pressure Is Normally
Changing water pressure is a very good indicator of a problem with the plumbing. So it’s important that you know what your water pressure is normally so that you can tell if it changes. A drop in water pressure could indicate a clog or a problem in your plumbing.
Where the Faucet Shut Offs Are
Every faucet and toilet in your home should have an individual shut off. It’s important to know where those are so that if you have a leak or a burst pipe you can shut the water off immediately. Check under the sinks and next to the toilets and you should see shut off valves.