Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Focus On Preventative Maintenence For Your Home

Plumbing disasters happen unexpectedly and are usually costly. Because our plumbing is hidden in our walls, attics, basements, and other inaccessible locales throughout our homes, it is usually too late for preventative measures when disaster strikes. The good thing is, even though we can't see what's going on behind our walls, we can take steps to prevent disaster from happening. Think less of "plumbing disasters" and focus on "preventative maintenance." This will save you a fortune. If you're not interested in saving money you needn't read on.

Steps for preventative maintenance:
  • Familiarize yourself with your home's main water shut-off valve. Learn how to use the meter key to stop water flow in case disaster strikes. Impeding the flow of water in a plumbing emergency is of critical importance, consider it as "stopping the bleeding." Your home's main shut-off valve may be tricky to find.
  • If you happen to have older plumbing such as galvanized water lines, look for rust around the fittings and the pipes themselves. If you happen to find any vulnerabilities, contact us immediately for an evaluation.
  • Check your water heater. This is one of the most common causes of interior water damage. Same as the aforementioned, check for rust! Check the connections, pipes, and surrounding areas.
  • If you leave for a long vacation this holiday season, turn your water off and set your heat to "vacation mode." This will prevent a plumbing disaster in your absence.
  • Perform a monthly inspection. Check for leaks in the bathroom and kitchen. Check under the sink. If there is a mildew smell, look into it. Water leaks can lead to serious health issues when mold comes in to play.
Following these simple steps can help avoid any plumbing surprises. Contact Naperville area AquaTech Plumbing today if you have any issues with the plumbing in your home or business.

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