6 Home Plumbing Maintenance Tips

The trouble with home plumbing problems is that they have a way of sneaking up on you, and often at the worst possible time. Of course, is there ever a good time for experience a problem with your plumbing? ‘Nuff said.

So to help prepare you for what might lie ahead and how best to handle each such situation, Eagle Service Company is pleased to present you with the following plumbing- and customer-friendly advice:

  1. blogKeep an eye out for water leaks. Small water leaks can and often do lead to big problems, including structural damage and massive mold build-up. Be alert to signs that more trouble is on the way. Leaking faucets, for example, along with damp cabinets, rocking toilets or dripping refrigerators are all symptoms that require fast and decisive action.
  1. Repair problems early. A leaking faucet isn’t just annoying; the moisture it releases puts wear on sink fixtures and can encourage the growth of mold and mildew. Of course, not all plumbing leaks are readily noticeable, like those from your refrigerator ice maker. That’s why you should pull your refrigerator away from the wall once a month. Also, be advised that small puddles could be worse than larger ones as that might indicate water is seeping into your floor boards.
  1. Know how to respond to plumbing overflows. Before water has a chance to gush and overflow from your sink, toilet, or anywhere else, first take the time to locate your main water shut-off valve and practice turning it on and off. If it’s in a dark, hidden, or hard-to-reach place, gather any tools you’ll need for a quick shut-off, and store them nearby. There’s nothing like the frustration of a missing flashlight or a misplaced shut-off key when water’s pouring down the stairs from a broken pipe.
  1. Shutting off appliances. Similarly, know how to shut off water to sinks, toilets, washing machines and water-using appliances. .
  1. Locate your sewer shut-off valve. Your sewer shutoff valve exists, once again, to help you minimize damage from an overflowing toilet. Find it, learn how to use it, and you’ll save yourself a lot of grief should the need arise.
  1. Learn how to tackle small problems. With a few tools and a little knowledge, most of us can handle small plumbing emergencies on our own. With a plunger, a pipe wrench and a sewer snake in your tool kit, you can a long way toward minimizing plumbing expense and preventing smaller problems from becoming any worse.

Sooner or later, however, you’re bound to need the services of a professional, full-time and licensed plumber. If that time is now – or anytime at all – we invite you to contact Eagle Service Company for service throughout the Birmingham area. Our main objective is to take away worries, not add to them. And we back that up with our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.