Let’s face it; plumbing isn’t exactly a pretty business. Most homeowners don’t like to think too much about what’s going on in their pipes, but this unfortunately can lead to more expensive repairs when little problems have time to turn into big ones. If you know a few simple basics, though, you may be able to catch them while they’re still small and easy to deal with. Here are four things we think everyone should know about their plumbing.
- Do you know how to shut off the water to your house? How about to individual rooms? If the answer to either question is ‘no’, take some time and find out. Your first step with any serious leak situation should be to shut off the water to the leaking appliance or to the whole house, depending on the severity. This will help keep the damage as superficial as possible, and you may not have any permanent damage at all if you can catch it early enough.
- Don’t use liquid drain cleaners – ever. We’ll be honest. Those chemical drain cleaners you see advertised everywhere don’t really work, and they can cause some serious injury. If you’ve got a drain clog that can’t be fixed with a plunger or simple snaking, call out a licensed technician and don’t pour any chemicals down the drain. If you do use them, make sure you inform your plumber before he gets to work. If he doesn’t know, he could be hurt by the chemicals.
- Have the basic tools on hand, and don’t settle for the cheapest option. It seems silly to spend more than the bare minimum for something you hope to use as rarely as a plunger or a drain snake. Still, it’s worth the small added cost to get the good stuff. Look for a quality force-cup plunger, which will be more effective than the cheaper options. Familiarize yourself with the drain snake and the plunger, and you may be able to avoid calling out a professional for the smaller jobs, saving you money and time.
- Call a licensed professional, not your handyman friend, when you need help. When the problem becomes too big for you to handle on your own, don’t call in your buddy who says he can help you DIY. Some of the most expensive repairs we work on are with people who tried to fix something themselves and got in over their heads. Call us out to have a look, and we’ll let you know exactly what kind of repairs you’re looking at before things get out of control. (Check out our Basic Questions to Ask a Plumber Before Hiring One so you know what to ask!)
Keeping this information in mind can help you feel a little more prepared when issues with your plumbing start to pop up. While there’s a trend lately for doing it all yourself, plumbing can be pretty complex – and beyond the very basics, it’s usually a good idea to call in a professional. With our Service Partner Plan, Corley will even come out twice a year to give you a preventative check-up on your plumbing and electrical systems, to catch small problems before they become big ones. Give Corley a call at (864) 661-2811 or contact us online with your questions or to schedule an appointment today!