Preventing a Plumbing Emergency in Your Home

Plumbing emergencies are among the most inconveniencing household incidents. Luckily, many of them are preventable or otherwise easily repairable by plumbers near Orem. Here are a few tips for preventing plumbing emergencies in your home:

Locate Your Pipes
Puncturing a pipe will result in an instantaneous plumbing emergency. Purchase a pipe and stud sensor to locate pipes before making any modifications to your home, including driving screws into your walls. Many pipes are locatable from inside your attic, but a sensor will make the task much easier. You may also opt to cut a small, easily repairable portion out of the wall to see directly inside.

Properly Tighten Your Fixtures
Greater torque does not equate to a better seal. Finger-tighten your fixtures before you pull out your wrench. This will allow you to detect cross-threading early and ensure that you don’t cause a plumbing emergency by damaging your pipes. A properly attached fixture will require very little torque to seal completely. Over-tightening is easily avoidable if you take a moment to ensure that all components are properly secured before applying torque.

Plumbing Emergency | OremRegularly Check for Leaks
The most common and most easily preventable plumbing emergencies begin with a leak—often in an inconspicuous place where it will go unnoticed for some time. Even small leaks can result in heavy damage, and must therefore be taken very seriously. Make it a point to inspect your sinks, water heater, and all other water-consuming appliances for leaks as part of your regular home maintenance routine.

Inspect Your Seals
Plumbing emergencies occur unexpectedly, and often in places that appear to be fine at a glance. An improperly sealed fixture can be virtually undetectable until it fails. Most joints in water and gas lines require the use of sealant tape to ensure that no leaks can occur. It is important to make sure that the lines to any new heating and cooling appliances are properly sealed with glue, tape, or soldering before first using them.

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