The trouble with home plumbing problems is that they have a way of sneaking up on you, and often at the worst possible time. Of course, is there ever a good time for experience a problem with your plumbing? Of course not.
So are a few handy tips from Conway Services to help you know what to look for, and how to react if and when trouble occurs.
Keep an eye out for water leaks. Small water leaks can and often to lead to big problems. Be alert to signs that more trouble is on the way: leaking faucets, damp cabinets, rocking toilets or dripping refrigerators are symptoms that require fast and decisive action.
Repair problems early. A leaking faucet isn’t just annoying; the moisture it releases puts wear on sink fixtures and can encourage the growth of mold and mildew. Another way to spot a plumbing leak is to pull your refrigerator away from the wall once a month. If you see water, it could be a sign of leaking ice maker. Also, be advised that small puddles could be worse than larger ones as that could mean that water is seeping into your floor boards.
Know how to respond to plumbing overflows. If water is gushing from your sink, toilet, or anywhere else, locate your main shut-off valve for the home water supply. If it’s in a dark, hidden, or hard-to-reach place, gather any tools you’ll need for a quick shut-off, and store them nearby. There’s nothing like the frustration of a missing flashlight or a misplaced shut-off key when water’s pouring down the stairs from a broken pipe.
Shutting off appliances. Similarly, know how to shut off water to sinks, toilets, washing machines and water-using appliances like the refrigerator’s ice maker. Should they behave badly, knowing where and how to shut off the water supply will lessen the damage and take some of the sting out of your cleanup efforts.
Locate your sewer shut-off valve. Your sewer shutoff valve is there, once again, to minimize damage from an overflowing toilet. Find it, learn how to use it, and you’ll save yourself a lot of grief should the need arise.
Learn how to tackle small problems. With a few tools and a little knowledge, most of us can handle small plumbing emergencies on our own. With a plunger, a pipe wrench and a sewer snake in your tool kit, you’ll be able to take care of small problems like clogged drains, blocked
But when the job calls for professional plumbing assistance, Conway Services is on the job and ready to serve 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. So don’t wait: call Conway Services to fix those quickly and reliably…and wherever you might live in the Greater Memphis area.
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