Water gushing all over your floor or soaking through your walls is a situation that nobody in Toronto wants to come home to. Not only is such a scenario very, very inconvenient, but the damage it can cause is something that could be very expensive to put right. Obviously the very first thing you should do when you discover a broken pipe or leaking water is call an emergency plumbing professional. But if there was a way to rewind and actually prevent this same incident from occurring altogether, wouldn’t you do it? Well, luckily for you, there is a way this can be done; it’s called emergency plumbing prevention.
Emergency Plumbing Prevention: What’s the Plan?
Your plumbing system is a complex network of pipes, drains and appliances and a quick glance once per year at 5 percent of the entire system simply isn’t going to help you prevent emergency plumbing situations. You need to make a bit more of an effort and below we’re going to give you a few pointers based on our years of experience as a plumbing contractor.
- Have Pipes Inspected – We would recommend you contact your plumbing contractor at least once every 12 months to conduct a thorough examination of your home’s plumbing. During this examination they will check the condition of all pipe work that they can reach and will replace any sections that appear weak. You can also notify them of any “usual activity during this inspection” and they will follow up on this.
- Insulating Pipes – As you only know too well, winters here in Toronto are extremely cold and one of the biggest reasons that emergency plumbing calls are made is frozen pipes. The water in the pipe freezes, expands and then cracks the pipe, potentially causing a serious leakage. Install insulation to any exposed pipes that could potentially come into contact with cold air to reduce the likelihood of this happening.
- Be Careful About Drain Usage – Blocked drains are often a pain rather than an emergency, but a plumbing system that gets clogged up can sometimes have some very serious consequences. The best way to prevent blocked drains, other than having pipes inspected (corroded pipes are a common cause of blockages), is to be extremely careful about what is put down the drains in your property. Avoid pouring grease or fat down the drains and install drain covers to catch hair and debris before they are allowed to enter the drains.
- Turn Water Off When Away – Some of the most damaging emergency plumbing problems are those that occur while you’re away. If you’re out of town for days or weeks, leaking water will have a long period of time to soak into fixtures and fitting, causing irreversible damage to affected areas. To avoid this, consider shutting off the water supply to your home while you’re away.
We are the leading emergency plumbing contractor in Toronto, but as we always tell our clients, prevention is always better than the cure. If you would like us to inspect and maintain your home’s plumbing, call us today on (416) 651-2990. Visit us on Google+