How to Avoid 3 Common Home Plumbing Disasters

Every Sacramento homeowner dreads the day when something goes wrong with the plumbing. It can be a costly event and is very inconvenient and uncomfortable. In life there are things that happen and are out of anyone’s control, but many of the most common household plumbing problems are easy to foresee.

If you take a few minutes in the Fall months to think ahead, you can save yourself a great deal of expense and trouble in those freezing cold winter months.

Three common home plumbing disasters are: 1) Frozen Pipes, 2) Overflowing Toilet and 3) Leaking Hot Water Heater.

Sacramento Fall Home MaintenanceFrozen Pipes

Frozen Pipes happen when water flows through the pipes and then excessive low temperatures freeze it in place.

The frozen water expands and can burst the pipe or the fittings. Pipes that are the most at-risk are located outside or against external walls. Try and keep a steady temperature around these pipes.

During below-zero periods, open up cabinet doors or closet doors to let more heated air get to the pipes. Pipe wrap or even heated tape may be necessary. It can be purchased well in advance and applied before the big freeze sets in.

Overflowing Toilet

An overflowing toilet strikes fear and panic in everyone’s heart. It is a helpless feeling to watch water rise up and up and not be able to stop it. Some ways to prevent it from happening are to be careful what is flushed.

Discuss with family members that objects like diapers, paper towels, and sanitary napkins should never be flushed down the toilet. A very common mistake happens also when emptying mop water into the toilet.

Mop water is usually dark and dirty, and many times there is a rag or sponge that was used during the cleaning that gets left in the bucket. It’s impossible to see the object in the dark and dirty water, so the bucket can get emptied into the toilet and flushed before noticing. Be sure to check before dumping and flushing.

Hot Water Heater Issues

Hot Water Heater leaks can happen suddenly but typically there are warning signs to look for. Smelly water or water that is not heating up properly can be signs. A noisy hot water heater or any kind of leak, even a small one, are also indicators of trouble ahead.

Taking precautions for these three areas can save you from misery later during the frigid winter months.

Remember to keep up with a regular maintenance schedule. Call VanGo Rooter at (415) 755-7405 to get your Sacramento home inspected.