Plumbing emergencies never happen when its most convenient for a homeowner to deal with them. There's usually never a warning, either - just gushing water and a pair of wet shoes. Once you've gotten one major disaster under your belt, you'll vow to never let it happen again. Here are a few ways to fulfill that promise to yourself and reduce the chances of ever having a plumbing emergency again.
Regularly Re-Caulk Everything
While caulk won't prevent leaks on its own (they generally emanate from the interior of the toilet or sink), you can prevent water from your shower or bathtub from getting under your toilet and fixtures and rotting your flooring. Don't forget the grout in your tile, either - regularly re-grouting your tile and doing a little grout rehab will prevent moisture from infiltrating your flooring and walls and rotting everything away.
Maintain Your Toilet
If you're unsure whether or not your toilet is leaking, it might be worthwhile to check the condition of the tank. The most common toilet issue involves the flapper, or the rubber covering that lifts and releases water into the bowl. It often becomes warped after long periods of use and must be replaced, but it's an easy fix. Check to see if there's a snag in your toilet's functionality by dropping a few drops of food coloring into the tank and leave it unused overnight. If there's color in the bowl the next morning, it's time to replace the flapper.
Check the Pressure
Both low and high water pressure can do damage to your system, but many homeowners don't even know which end of the spectrum they're on. Checking the condition of your water pressure regulator and replacing it if needed can help maintain the flow of water, but investing in a $10-$20 gauge will help you see if things are fluctuating in your pipes. Either way, your water pressure should flow consistently between 55-75 psi.
Call a Plumber
There's only one surefire way of ensuring the health of your plumbing: calling a licensed plumber for a check-up. Only someone that gets their hands dirty on a daily basis can know the intricacies of your plumbing system and point out ways to make improvements that could save you big down the road.
For advice on any and all plumbing scenarios or to schedule a routine plumbing check-up with a professional plumber, contact Pioneer Plumbing and Heating today!