Kitchen or toilets can run and leak from time to time and often we ignore these problems or put off fixing them. We decide that it’s not such a big deal and it can wait and may even forget about it. A week or 2 later you notice your bedroom carpet is wet and the source of the dirty water is a problem you thought nothing of!
Now this is a big problem, right? There’s no such thing as a small problem when it comes to plumbing; even little leaks can turn into major issues if not dealt with quickly.
Although unavoidable accidents can happen at any time, taking steps towards prevention is always a good idea. By following some simple rules, you can avoid unexpected plumbing problems at your home in many cases. So, what can be done then? Here are some useful tips to follow:
Avoid Incorrect Installation
You might be surprised to hear that people are installing plumbing systems themselves at home more often these days. Unsurprisingly, this has been one of the biggest causes of plumbing problems down the track, and is probably generating more work for plumbers than if they’d just been called to install it in the first place!
Poorly installed pipes can be broken or blocked if you don’t have the full understanding of pipework and fix it yourself then you run the risk of having problems very soon. So, don’t do it until you are sure you know what you’re doing.
Check Before you Rent or Buy a Home
It is better to be serious from the very beginning. If you are renting then make sure to check your kitchen, toilet and electric system is properly working. If you notice anything is broken or malfunctioning then immediately inform the owner. Request them to fix the problem as soon as possible. If you are buying, it’s even more important as you’ll be paying for any issues that arise.
If you don’t know much about plumbing, get an expert in to take a quick look, it can make all the difference. In Australia, upwards of 30% of people end up buying a home that has plumbing problems within a year – problems that could and should have been avoided.
Remember that the Toilet isn’t a Rubbish Bin
This is a very common problem and children are often the main culprit. Putting foreign objects in the toilet is like playing with fire. The average plumber sees all kinds of things block up the bathroom, from socks to nappies to tampons to toys and anything else you can imagine!
Leaving a rubbish bin in the toilet and teaching the kids to use it instead of the toilet can help, however, if you notice that something has been flushed that shouldn’t have been, don’t get cute – just call your local blocked drain plumber.
Blocked Drain for Heavy Rain
Heavy rainfall can block your sewer system because these pipes are not made to facilitate large amounts of water. Drain blockage mainly happens because heavy downpour brings dead leaves and various other things into pipes that simply can’t handle them. Usually, it washes away however if it doesn’t, you’ve got a problem on your hands.
What can you do to prevent this? Make sure your yard and surrounding areas are kept clean and tidy. An excessive build-up of leaves and garden waste around the property and in the roof gutters can be costly.
It is expected that by following the simple tips mentioned above you can avoid common plumbing problems like a blocked pipe or broken toilet and hence save time and money.
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