Most people don’t give plumbing a second thought when it’s working right, but when emergencies happen, you have no idea where to even start. A basic understanding of your plumbing system and the components that affect it will help you troubleshoot, do small repairs yourself, know when to call a plumber, be better prepared in a crisis, and make informed decisions.
We’ve put together a list of 6 plumbing things you need to know so you are better prepared for the unexpected and can save money in service calls while preventing unnecessary headaches!
- Know how to shut off your main water valve. Usually, your main water valve can be shut off at the meter. This is where the water supply comes into your home. The location of the valve varies greatly from house to house, depending on when your home was built and your local building codes. 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.
Note: When turning these valves on and off, do it slowly, because the water pressure may be high and valves may be old.
- Learn how to read your water bill and water meter. To ensure you’re being billed properly, always check your usage with each bill and try to catch leaks. If you normally pay $40 for your water bill, you may become suspicious of a $90 water bill. Your local 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.
- Know the water pressure coming into the home or business. Your water pressure should be under 80 psi. An easy to use water pressure gauge can usually be purchased for less than $20.00. If you don’t want to check it yourself, contact a local plumber to come out and check your water pressure gauge for you.
Note: The #1 cause for plumbing leaks into a home or business is high water pressure.
- Know where the clean-out plugs are on your sewage system. Is your home’s plumbing system connected to a public sewer or a private septic tank? Knowing where the clean-out plugs are is usually the first step to solving a clog or backup problem in your plumbing system.
- Know your air conditioning condensation lines. 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.
- Know how to shut off your gas. Everyone should always know how shut off the gas supply to their home. Educate yourself on the gas supply coming into your home and each appliance 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.
If you have any questions on what you should know about your home’s plumbing system or maybe a different plumbing, electric, heating & air, or drainage issue, we hope you’ll never have to question who to call. We at Corley are available around the clock and have a Service Partner Plan for you to help keep your home healthy. Give us a call at (864) 469-0641 or contact us online!