This is a question a lot of our customers will ask when a plumbing project has become a plumbing emergency. The truth is there are a lot of ways to keep your plumbing in good shape with regular maintenance and inspections, however a simple plumbing fix can result in a geyser that will wreak havoc on your home or business.
There is one simple rule when it comes to plumbing repair: If you have any doubt in your ability, lack of tools, or ability to diagnose the problem, it is time to call a professional.
There are steps to make help you catch problems in your plumbing before it becomes an emergency. This blog will go over how you can perform routine inspections, what the basic plumbing problems look like, tips for do it yourself, and finally what situations require a professional plumber.
Routine Preventive Plumbing Inspections
Inspections are the first step in any plumbing maintenance, and often, the most over looked step in trying to fix a plumbing issue. Your sink, toilet, and the rest of your plumbing system is used daily and will over time begin to degrade. Catching potential leaks and stressed or clogged plumbing can help save you money in the long run.
Here are some things to keep in mind when performing an inspection:
• Find all exposed pipes in the house and check for moisture, especially on a cold day.
• Check for corrosion on copper or brass connections on the pipe, as this maybe the start of a leak.
• Gauge the water pressure on the faucets and shower heads in the house, and know that there will be some variability in water pressure based on the faucet or spout.
• Take note of the time it takes for the water to drain out of the sink, or tub, after completely filling it with a plug.
• Check for water around the base of the toilet after flushing, as this may be a sign of a bad wax seal.
• Check for warping in the floorboards around known plumbing, such as the sinks, humidifier, and radiators.
If you decided to take on a plumbing job on your own, here are some tips to help you make sure your project go as smoothly as possible.
• No matter how careful you are plan on getting wet. Dress appropriately and be careful not to wear loose fitting clothing.
• Before any plumbing repair, you must find and shut off the water main.
• Take the pieces you are working on with you to the hardware store, where applicable, to guarantee you are buying the right item. Take a picture if the piece cannot be removed.
• Prepare for the worst and have a tarp down, a bucket handy, and finally a reliable plumber’s number nearby.
If you are in the Pensacola, FL keep Barberi Plumbing’s number, (850) 477-8782, in your phone in case of a plumbing emergency.
Plumbing Emergencies & Installations
There are some plumbing jobs that require a professional to ensure a quality and reliable job is done. Besides peace of mind, when you hire a professional plumber you will minimize the damages from a plumbing emergency.