Every home has plumbing which is largely unseen and generally forgotten about. That is until there is an issue.
As soon as you realize that you have a plumbing issue you’ll appreciate why running water is now considered an essential item, not a luxury. After all, polluted water isn’t just dirty, it can actually be deadly.
Fortunately, most of the time your plumbing works perfectly. But, when there is an issue it’s important to know what to do. In most cases, it will be to shut off the water supply and contact your local plumber.
Here are the top 4 areas of your home where plumbing concerns often arise:
- The Basement
If your home is going to flood the first signs of it will be in the lowest levels of your home. Flooding can occur through excess rain but, it can also be the result of a burst pipe.
A great way to prepare for this and avoid items in your home getting damaged is to install a dewatering pump. This goes in a small pit dug into the basement floor, making the pump the lowest point in your home.
It will come on automatically if water collects in the pit, pumping the water away from your home. If you don’t have a dewatering pump you will have no defense against flooding.
- The Kitchen & Bathroom
This is where most of the plumbing is in your home which means it’s not surprising that it’s one of the places that is most likely to give you an issue.
Although not all your plumbing can be seen, all the joints should be visible under the sink and by appliances.
You should visually inspect all joints and feel them to see if there is any trace of liquid on them. It is also worth keeping an eye open for puddles or stains, indicating a water leak has been an issue.
If you spot it early it’s an easy repair.
- Water Heater
The water heater is under a lot of pressure, not only does it hold a lot of water it warms it up, placing additional pressure on the tank and the surrounding pipework. A leak here can quickly do a lot of damage.
Check all the joints regularly for water leaks and signs of corrosion. You should also ensure the water heater is working efficiently, sediment buildup can affect its performance, showing it’s time for the system to be flushed.
Finally, potentially the worst issue is the sewer connections. If these start to leak you could have raw sewerage in your home or garden, which smells, is unsightly, and is a danger to your health.
This is particularly important if you have a septic tank as all the sewage is stored near your home. The biggest issue with these pipes tends to be clogging but, as this can cause a back up of sewerage into your home, it’s not something you can wait to sort.