Being prepared when a plumbing problem arises can mean the difference between an inconvenience and a disaster. Here’s the short list of the top 5 things you need to know about your home’s plumbing system before the worst occurs.
First and foremost, where do you shut the water off to your home? This can be critical knowledge when the top of that faucet blows off or helpful relative Billy assures you he knows how to fix your toilet. If you don’t know where your main water valve is, call us and we will walk you through finding it and the operation of the valve if necessary.
Next, locate all the valves under your fixtures. By law, all plumbing fixtures must have shutoff valves for when the inevitable emergency arises.
Make sure you turn them once a year to insure they will continue to work. If you don’t feel up to it, just sign up for our Yes! Plumbing Maintenance Club and we’ll do it for free for you every year.
How ‘bout that water heater. Do you know where the water shutoff valve is? How about the gas valve? Any time the heater fails you will have to turn these off for safety reasons. Let us know if you need help.
Fourth, if the sewer backs up, where is the rodding station? Is the sewer an overhead sewer or gravity? Give us a call (708) 847-7045 anytime and we’ll help you figure it out.
Last, what’s the number for your local Public Works or water purveyor? As a last resort you may need them in an emergency if your main valve breaks or malfunctions. Keep this number handy near the main shutoff valve where you’ll see it if and when it’s needed.