Protect Your Home From These Common Plumbing Emergencies
While modern Australian cities have all the infrastructure and amenities of any other first world nation, it’s important to remember that we’re never too far having to rough it. Indoor plumbing, for example, gives us easy access to potable water, and a convenient way to get rid of human waste.
But when things go wrong with indoor plumbing, we’re quickly reminded just how fragile a modern, technological lifestyle can be. If you want to keep your plumbing working, and not have to go out into the bush just to relieve yourself, try to protect yourself from these plumbing mishaps.
The Leaking Fixtures
Taps that drip or showerheads with leaks aren’t high-level threats to your home or your plumbing, but you shouldn’t ignore them.
The drip alone may drive some residents crazy, but beyond the noise, that water that comes out is considered “used” and you’ll be billed for it on your water utilities every month.
It’s hard to see a leak coming, but it can be easily addressed when it happens. There are two small parts in fixtures known as either the washer or the O-ring.
These parts are put to constant use, so will eventually wear out over time and cause leaks. Just replacing one or the other of these parts is usually enough to stop a leak, so get a wrench and fix it yourself on the cheap.
The Blocked Drain
The blocked drain happens when some kind of matter doesn’t flow down your drainage pipe but instead gets caught somewhere, then starts catching other matter too.
This is usually either food or hair, but when enough of it accumulates, water stops draining out of your sink entirely, and now you’ve got a problem.
Usually, however, the precursor to the blocked drain is the “slow drain,” where partial blockage begins to occur, and you notice your drain emptying out slower than usual.
It is only if you ignore this early warning that you’ll get a blocked drain. So use a drain cleaner if you notice slow drains happening, but don’t go too crazy! Drain cleaners use corrosive chemicals, so you can damage old pipes, and warp and melt modern plastic ones if you use too much!
The Overflowing Toilet
You don’t want your toilet to ever get this far, just because of the health risk that human waste exposes people to.
The best way to avoid an overflowing toilet is only to flush those objects intended for toilets, namely human waste and toilet paper.
Even paper towel from the kitchen can jam a drainage pipe because it is not designed to break apart the way toilet paper is when it makes contact with water.
And do not flush down cigarettes, rags or disposable diapers! These may all jam a pipe in time!
The Burst Pipe
It takes a lot to make a pipe burst, but it can happen! Sometimes, sheer age is enough to make a pipe break down.
If you’ve got, for example, an older home with cast iron drainage pipes, those pipes might be 100 years or more in age!
Think about replacing them before metal fatigue causes a break! If temperatures drop enough, water in water pipes may freeze. As water turns to ice, it expands, which can cause the pipe to burst!
In general, most plumbing in Penrith, NSW will serve you trouble-free for years. But with added care and prevention, you can stretch those years of trouble-free operation to decades.