Most of the time, when a plumber in Toronto is called to an emergency job, the cause of the incident was avoidable. Losing running water or experiencing a flood often arises from a maintenance shortcoming. Since after-hours plumbing maintenance can raise costs for homeowners, renters and landlords alike, here are some preventative maintenance tips that will help keep emergency calls to your plumber to a minimum.
Check for leaks
Small leaks around laundry facilities or under kitchen sinks can turn into bigger problems later. A constant stream of water can lead to wet rot or leave pipes vulnerable to freezing in winter, which can cause a completely different set of complex issues. Leaking toilets can make floorboards soft, so check them as well. You want to stop a leak early—not discover it when you arrive home to an inch of water in your home.
Install drain strainers
Preventing clogged drains in bathtubs and showers means fewer blocked pipes and slow drains. Even if you can fix a blockage with a commercial product at first, extensive use of these cleaners can compromise pipes, leading to flooding and decreased functioning. If you can stop many clogging agents, like hair, from going down the drain in the first place, you can avoid serious clogs that require a plumber’s attention.
Clear drains manually first
It is tempting to go straight for that drain cleaner. However, as mentioned earlier, it will eat at pipes if used too frequently. Keep a pipe snake handy and try using it first to dislodge a blockage. If you are a landlord, provide one to your tenants to encourage its use. Get out the chemicals only as a last resort.
Use stainless steel braided hoses on your washing Mmchine
Floods frequently arise from unattended washing machines. It seems efficient to turn on the machine right before going grocery shopping, but if one of the hoses bursts, that will flood your home at the rate of five gallons of water per minute. Using steel braided hoses instead of the traditional rubber ones will reduce this risk.
Check floor drains regularly
If your basement or laundry room has a floor drain, test it by pouring a bucket of water down it. As this drain is not used regularly, it can develop clogs. Checking it will not only ensure that it is still functioning, but making this a regular habit can help keep it clear, too, in case of a burst pipe or other sudden event.
Find your main water valve
Damage from flooding or other water-related incidents can be reduced immensely if homeowners and renters know the location of the main water valve. If you do not already know where it is, make it your next maintenance task to find it and, most importantly, learn how to turn it off. Plumbers often arrive to a scene only to find the water damage is much more extensive than usual because the main water valve was never closed.
Repair or replace leaking faucets immediately
Leaking faucets may not seem like a big deal, but leaving them alone can not only lead to larger water bills but also further damage from wet or dry rot. Just as with any pipe leaks, fix these as soon as possible.
Your Toronto plumber at Rooter Group Inc. is always available to help you in plumbing emergencies, as well as with maintenance tasks or other challenges dealing with water and drainage. However, we want you to avoid these headaches as much as possible, too. Take note of these maintenance tips and when you need further plumbing assistance, contact Rooter Group Inc.