Plumbing things every homeowner should know
June 28, 2017
Plumbing is an important aspect of the home. A small problem in plumbing could lead to a bigger problem. Like a small leak inside the wall will cause the water to drip off in the wall and the paint will chip off. The moisture caused due to the leakage of water could also lead to the problem of mold. In short, the list of problems is long.
We are going to cover some important points which should be in the knowledge of any homeowner. These basic points could save you from bigger plumbing problems. And the points are quite easy to be understood and acted upon by any ordinary person.
These small tips will help you detect any problems earlier so you can treat them before they cause a disaster. Let’s discuss them:
1: How to shut the water off:
Any type of water leakage could happen and you will need to shut the water off to avoid any damages. The first step is to shut the main supply of water off and then contact the plumber to repair the leakage. So you should learn how to shut the water supply of your home. The water is coming in your home through the water tank via the main pipe. There is a valve located on the joint of the pipe with the tank. This valve has a handle on it and it is rotated to shut the water off. So you should know where the valve is located. In some houses, it is located near the tank while in some houses it is located in the box located underground.
2: Valve for every part:
There is a valve located on the pipeline for every different part of your house. Like there is a separate valve for the washroom and a separate valve for a kitchen. You should survey the plumbing network of your home and located the valves for each part. In this way, you can shut the particular valve off instead of shutting off the whole supply to the home. So keep in mind all the valve positions.
3: Reading the water meter:
The water meters are there to indicate the total consumption of the water by the house. You should know how to read the water meter. The water meters could be analogue or digital. The analogue has a dial on it while the digital has an electronic display. Read the meter every month and if the consumption spikes unusually then it is a sign of water leakage.
4: Water pressure:
Water pressure should be under 80 psi. The pressure above it can cause leakage and damage to the pipelines especially joints. So keep an eye on the gauge. If you don’t have any gauge on the pipeline then contact the plumbing company to measure the pressure of the incoming water.
5: Old water heater:
Keep an eye on the water heater and replace it if it is now more than 10 years old and rusty water is coming from it. An old water heater can cause water leakages problems and gas wastage too.