No one wants to come home to a flooded floor from broken pipes, or wake up to a cold shower because the boiler has broken in the night. While some plumbing emergencies are truly out of the blue, there are problems that can be prevented. While a problem may crop up suddenly, its cause is likely to be the result of long-term issues that could have been fixed. It’s easy to take your plumbing and heating systems for granted, but with a few simple preventative strategies you can keep them running problem-free for much longer.
Know Your System
Know the basics about how to handle the first steps of an emergency if it occurs, such as knowing where to shut off the water supply. Understand how the system works so you can see if the settings have been set incorrectly, and understand how to make changes to the system so it is more efficient when you are in summer or winter.
If you do not know immediately what the problem is and how to fix it, call an emergency plumber rather than trying to fix it yourself. You could cause a lot more damage and need expensive repairs if you end up making the wrong move. An emergency plumber will be able to pinpoint the problem, make the repairs, and advise you on what to do in the future. If you have a small plumbing problem it is also a good idea to call a plumber to fix it, even when it is not an emergency. This will ensure that the problem does not escalate into an emergency.
Make Necessary Repairs
If you know that a part needs replacing, get the plumber to do it. Don’t wait for months since a worn-out part can result in complete boiler breakdown. This is particularly important with older boilers.
Get Regular Maintenance Checks
Naturally the most effective way you can prevent plumbing emergencies is to have your systems serviced on a regular basis. This way any problems are flagged up and you can have the repairs carried out before issues turn into a major emergency. You also ensure that your system is operating safely and efficiently, saving you money and keeping the family safe.
You may not be able to prevent all emergencies but many issues can be controlled before they escalate into something serious. With a little forethought and the attention of a professional plumber you can keep your boiler and heating systems running for longer, with minimal chance of a breakdown.