Plumbing issues can spring up with no notice at all, and cause all kinds of stress for you and your family. You not only have to go through the hassle of having it repaired, but may also have to live without running water for some time. No one likes having to deal with these issues, so why not take some steps to prevent it? Here are some things you can do to avoid common plumbing issues.
One of the most useful measures you can take is locating your stopcocks and making sure they keep in a good condition. If you ever get a bust pipe, then the first thing you have to do is turn of the water mains using stopcocks.
A lot of people have no idea where theirs are. As you can imagine, this can lead to a lot of panicked rushing to every nook and cranny in the house. Find yours, and spray it with release oil a couple of times a year. This will ensure they don’t seize up when you need them most.
You should make a point of repairing any split or damaged pipes in your home. If you’re not noticing any issues now, then you probably don’t have to worry. However, when winter rolls around, it’s certainly worth examining the plumbing in your home. If you’re in the middle of some cold weather, and you notice a tap isn’t working or a cistern isn’t filling, then it may be a frozen pipe in the roofing. Check your pipes closely. A dull, dark brown is a good sign. A bright copper streak could mean a split.
Make sure you’re regularly checking on the condition of your flanges as well. Is all this plumbing jargon getting a bit much? Flanges are all those areas on your pipes where they get slightly thicker. They’re used to cut off a pipeline, or connect two pieces together. With enough exposure to the elements, these will begin to rust and break down. In the worst cases, this can spring leaks. At the very least, it will reduce the overall lifespan of your plumbing system. Every year or so, have a professional get to work with a flange spreader, and check if any flanges need replacing.
Finally, make sure you deal with a blocked-up shower as soon as you notice it. It’s fairly natural for hair and other debris to get stuck down the plughole of a shower. You may notice that over time, it’s taken longer and longer for the shower tray or bath to drain. This will be the sign of some kind of blockage. If you ignore it for too long, it will eventually lead to the entire shower tray overflowing. This really isn’t something you need when you’re rushing to get to work! An easy way to clear something like this is by using a thin piece of metal, like a coat hanger. Bend the end into a hook, remove your trap if you have one, and poke around!