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6 Ways to Minimize Visits with the Plumbing Contractor

Updated on November 7, 2016

There is nothing worse than waking up to discover that your home’s plumbing system is not working’s even worse when that discovery involves a horrendous mess and time spent waiting for a plumbing contractor or plumber to show up and take care of the problem. But, for many homeowners, this is a reality they have experienced – Yuck!

However, when you work with a plumbing contractor, then at least you can count on knowing that someone will be there a bit sooner to deal with the problem so that life can get back to normal a bit faster.

  • As soon as you move into a new home, locate the main water shut off valve. In a city home this is often near the water meter, in the country it is likely near the well. However, keep in mind that this knob is not turned often. To make it easier in an emergency to turn the knob, take a minute to turn the knob off then on a few times a year.
  • If you have water leaking or dripping down the faucet or supply line, first turn of the main valve, then shut off the breaker that supplies electricity to the water heater.
  • A clogged toilet is one of the most common problems in a home. Many times this can be prevented -if caught in time. If the water level appears to be approaching the overflow point, turn in the COLD water in the nearby sink or bathtub. Often, this is enough to cause the pressure on the lines to decreases and allow the toilet to flush properly. Of course, keeping a flange plunger ( a plunger with a deeper bowl on it, usually black in color) nearby is a wise decision as well.
  • For sink or tub blockages or slow drain time, keep the more traditional red plunger handy. Center the plunger over the drain and pump several times.
  • Leaking toilet or a failure to flush? Turn off the valve located behind the toilet. It may necessary to replace the valve system within the tank. If you aren’t sure if that is the problem, talk to a plumbing contractor.
  • Address any small leaks before they become large one! Often small leaks can be corrected with plumbing tape or a compression clamp. Then, place a bucket under the leak to catch any drips and prevent any further damage. Then, talk to a plumber about what needs to be done next.

Using these tips can help make the difference between a huge disaster that takes days from which to recover and a plumbing issue that is resolved in a few hours. Don’t take your home’s plumbing for granted. Make time to prevent problems rather than having to come to a halt while you wait for a problem to be solved. Talk to a plumbing contractor to learn how you can do your part to minimize risk of a plumbing emergency.

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