Ten Things You Just Have To Know About Your Plumbing

We don’t expect that the average home or business owner knows everything about the inner workings of their house or business place, but we think that it would be a good thing for everyone to learn these ten important things about the plumbing that affects them the most…

  1. Know how to shut it off your water. Usually, this can be shut off at the meter. This is where the water supply comes into the home or business. You may have a separate shut off at the meter and at the house. Everyone should know where these shut off valves are, and how to operate them. When turning these valves on and off, do it slowly, because the water pressure may be high, and valves may be old.
  2. Learn how to read your water bill and the water meter. To ensure you’re being billed properly. Always check your usage with each bill and try to catch leaks. The water company can help you read your bill and meter. If you have questions about your bill, or want things explained on how to read the water bill call the number on your water bill. The water company will be more than happy to explain the details of the bill,
  3. Always know the water pressure coming into the home or business. Your water pressure should be under 80 psi. The number 1 cause for plumbing leaks into a home or business is high water pressure. An easy to use water pressure gauge can be usually purchased for less than $20.00. If you don’t want to check it yourself, your water company will usually come out and check for you at no charge.
  4. Know where the clean-out plugs are on your sewage system. Sewer or septic? Knowing where the clean-out plugs are is usually the 1st step to solving a clog or backup problem in your plumbing system.
  5. Know where your air conditioning condensation lines are and make certain they are working properly. All air conditioners produce condensation water when in use. If the condensation is not draining properly, it can cause extensive water and mold damage to the home or business.
  6. Know how to shut off your gas. Everyone should always know how shut off the gas supply to the home or business. Educate yourself on the gas supply coming into the building and at each appliance that is powered by gas. If there is only an issue with a specific appliance, you may save time by being able to shut off the gas at the specific location.
  7. Know how to shut off the water that is going to the water heater. A water heater problem can leave you without hot water. But if you know how to shut off the water at the water heater, it need not leave you completely without water for washing, cooking, and bathroom use.
  8. Always have a pan under the water heater, and make certain your water heater’s pressure relief valve is not leaking. The average water heater lasts 12 years. They will not last forever. Most will eventually leak at some time. A pan under the heater may prevent expensive water damage. A leaking pressure relief valve usually indicates a major problem with that critical protection device on your water heater.
  9. Know where the shut off valves are on all of your plumbing fixtures. Every sink and toilet has a shut off valve. Know where these shut off valves are. This knowledge can save you a potential plumbing disaster and water damage to your property, if you know how to shut them off quickly.
  10. Know how to shut off the water to all your plumbing appliances. Know how to shut off the water to each plumbing appliance, like your water heater. If your water heater is on the 2nd or 3rd floor and there is a problem with the water heater, this could results in thousands of dollars in water damage to your home or business.



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