5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Plumbing
Posted On: April 01, 2016
There are certain responsibilities that come along with home ownership. One of those responsibilities is being knowledgeable about your home’s plumbing. Plumbing is a complex system best left to the pros, however when an emergency strikes its good to know a few plumbing basics.
These are the 5 basics every homeowner should know about their plumbing:
- Where the main water shutoff valve is.
If a plumbing emergency occurs, one of the first things you should do is turn off the water. Main water shutoff valves stop the flow of water to the entire house. Not sure where your main water shutoff valve is? Read this blog.
- Where the faucet shutoff valves are.
Most sinks, showers, water heaters, and toilets have their own shut off valve. Having this knowledge will help you if there is ever a leak. If your sink is leaking, you can shut off the valve for the leaking sink while still having access to water in other parts of the house.
- What your water pressure is.
High water pressure is the number one cause of leaks in homes. A home’s water pressure should be 80 PSI or lower. If you don’t know your home’s water pressure, buy a water pressure gauge or call your local water company.
- Where is your well or water line?
It’s important to know how to access your water source. Have a general idea of where the well or main pipes are in your yard for city water. Having this knowledge can become even more important when you are thinking about having construction done in your yard. Make sure to always have your water lines located to avoid any damage.
- Do you have a leak?
Know how to read a water meter and water bill. Verify your water usage along with each bill amount to confirm the charges are correct. This is the easiest way to catch leaks.
To learn more about your home’s plumbing contact us, we’d be glad to assist with any of your plumbing needs.