When a plumbing leak or sewage backup from a major clog threatens to damage your home, you may be left searching for a plumber in the late hours of the night. Luckily, many plumbers offer 24-hour emergency service for these types of events. However, this is not an ideal situation for any homeowner, especially if the damage is already done. Avoid emergency plumbing repair and costly reparations by following a few simple steps.
Watch What You Put Down the Sink
One of the easiest ways to avoid emergency repairs is to pay attention to what goes down your drains. Drain clogs are not only an inconvenience, they can also sometimes cause waste to backup into your drains. This risks damage to your home and prompts health concerns, which is why you should take care to protect your drains from major sources of blockage. Purchase an inexpensive drain trap from a hardware store for your shower. And always put the following food items in a separate trash receptacle instead of the garbage disposal: hard foods (popcorn kernels, meat bones), expandable foods (pasta, rice), non-food items, fat, oil, and grease.
Know the Early Signs of Leaks
Another way to avoid an emergency is by knowing what signs to look for that could indicate a leak in your plumbing. A major plumbing leak can cause flooding, structural damage, and the development of mold and mildew. Keep these types of emergencies from occurring by catching leaks early on. Look out for any of the following signs:
- Low Water Pressure
- High Utility Bills
- Water Spots on the Walls or Ceilings
- Water Spots in the Yard
Schedule Plumbing Maintenance Every Year
Finally, you should schedule plumbing maintenance with a skilled professional every year. During plumbing maintenance, a technician will check every portion of your pipe for leaks, corrosion, or clogs, as well as an inspection, cleaning, and/or adjustment of additional plumbing fixtures and faucets. This may include your water heater, toilets, washing machine hoses, and water treatment system. Maintenance keeps the components of your plumbing running smoothly and helps alert you to any early warning signs.
SPS Mechanical Inc. offers a maintenance program which includes two maintenance visits per year and covers your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems as well as discounts on parts and services. To schedule annual maintenance for 24-hour emergency plumbing repair in Sewell, call now!