We can all agree that taking care of the plumbing systems in our homes can be a hassle.
When everything is okay and the water is flowing right, we tend not to care about it. But when something goes wrong, that’s the only thing we think about!
There’s always the option of booking plumbers in Nerang or your local area who can come in and fix things for you. But, it’s always good to have a fair knowledge of plumbing (and other) systems of the house. Isn’t it?
These tips will help you be aware of your plumbing so that you can identify any potential mishaps and prevent big damage!
Know Your Main Water Shut Off Point
The water coming into your house usually has a main inlet, either on an exterior wall or under the crawl space, near your kitchen sink or water heater. Find that and learn how to shut off the entire water supply (it’s usually a nozzle you have to turn). This set-up also has the water meter readings which tell you how much water you have used up (in gallons or cubic ft). You can keep a check on your water usage by reading the water meter regularly.
Know the Shut-off Valves for Each Individual Appliance/set-up
For all your water-using appliances like a washing machine, sinks, toilets, etc., find the knob or nozzle that connects to the water supply system. You should know how to turn off the water to each of these in case you need to fix something.
Know Your Water Pressure
The ideal water pressure for any home is not above 80 psi. Pipes used in plumbing systems cannot withstand higher pressures. Depending on your usage and ideal ‘force’ of the water, you can adjust it as you like. You can check the water pressure by yourself or you can call your water company and find out. Understanding your water pressure is a good way to track the health of your plumbing. Any sudden changes in water pressure could indicate problems that need to be addressed.
Know Where the Drainage System’s Clean-out Plugs Are
Whether all your drained water (and other sewage) goes into a public sewage system or a private septic tank, you should know where your plumbing system’s clean out plugs are. Most clogs and blockages can be dealt with easier if these are cleared out.
It is also helpful to know how to plunge out your toilet in case it clogs up.
Becoming aware of the systems of your house is a slow and detailed process, and nobody expects you to know everything. While your local plumbers can always help you out, knowledge of your house’s plumbing can only help!