If you have a home you will eventually have to face some kind of water leak. It is just a fact of life. If you are prepared however you can greatly minimize the damage caused by one of these leaks. Read this article and get some tips to help you deal with the worst when it happens.
The first thing you need to know is where your homes water shutoffs are. Every one of your toilets should have a shutoff valve behind it. Know where this is and show everybody in the home how to use it. If you have an older home that does not have them, have a plumber install them. Also know where your homes main shutoff valve is outside of your home. Once again, show everybody in the family how to use it. Knowing how to shut off your homes water can help you stop the leak before hundreds of extra gallons have spilled.
The next tip I have is to make sure that your water heater and washing machine have pans under them. Drain pans will hold the water in case of an emergency. This is especially important if you have a water heater located near the middle of your home or in the attic. If you do not have one, call a plumber to install one for you.
The last tip is to do your preventative maintenance. Once a year drain your water heater to remove sediment (even if it is self cleaning). Also be sure to cover exterior faucets every time it freezes and insulate pipes on exterior walls. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way.
I hope this article has given you some useful information. For more tips call your local plumber or plumbing company.
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