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Emergency Plumbing Tips
•Your homeowner’s insurance usually covers household water damage if the damage is sudden and accidental, like damage caused by burst pipes, but it does not cover damage covered by flood insurance, rising water from outside; or damage caused over time by lack of maintenance to the pipes.
• The water damage claim can be a red flag to insurers as well as to future homebuyers. This can signal a possibility of a repeating of water claims to your insurance office. You are much wiser to maintain a home for water issues than face the risks of reduced home marketability and increased insurance costs.
How To Identify Water Problems
• First you need to look at your water bill, and by comparing monthly usage figures, you may get tipped off to a small leak before it becomes a huge issue.
• You can use a water pressure gauge to determine whether your household water pressure is set too high. The ideal household water pressure is 60-80 pounds per square inch. (psi), but a lot of homes are set at higher pressures. To determine water pressure,
• Just as you change the batteries in your smoke detector each year, you should take time to inspect under sinks and toilets and bathroom sinks, icemakers and water softeners and around washing machines. You need to inspect pipes and fittings every year, unless you suspect a leak, then of course then.
• Inspect your plumbing annually. Just as you change the batteries in your smoke detectors each year, you should inspect your water pipes and fittings yearly, by doing so you could prevent thousands of dollars in water damage.
• You and your family needs to know where your water shutoff valve is located and you all need to knows how to shut off household water supplies in the event of a sudden pipe or hose break or any other water emergency.
• When you go on vacation, turn off the water to your washer while you’re out of town. Many homeowners have returned from vacation to find their washer hoses have burst, flooding their homes, you should never leave the house with appliances, such as dishwashers, washers or dryers, still operating.
• You should let faucets connected to vulnerable pipes drip during extremely cold weather. By doing this the water moving and helps to reduce the chance of freezing your pipes.
• Be sure to run your exhaust fan in the bathroom while the shower is on, because it helps to remove steam that collects during this time.
Supplying The Right Amount Of Water Pressure
•. The Angle stops (valves) and supply lines as well as appliances are designed to withstand up to 80 pounds per square inch. The Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) calls for water to be delivered to homes for domestic use at between 35 and 80 psi. Angle stops (valves) and supply lines as well as appliances are designed to withstand up to 80 pounds per square inch.
• Unchecked, excessive water pressure may cause a rupture in the supply lines or valves. Water pressure regulators take the water as the water district delivers it, and regulate it to between 50 and 70 psi. The pieces in the water pressure regulator that reduce the water pressure are made of rubber and metal. Over a period of time, they can fail. When the water pressure regulator fails, water pressure to the home is allowed to increase. This puts a strain on valves, hoses and appliances that they were not designed to withstand.
• A working water pressure regulator reduces the strain on plumbing fixtures and increases their service life.
Know Where Your Main Water Shut Off Valve Is
There are two types of main water valves: the gate valve and the ball valve. The gate valve is recognized by its round handle that must be turned a number of times to open or close the valve. The ball valve is recognized by its single handle that needs to be turned ¼ turn or 90 degrees, to turn the water on or off. Your plumbing professional can tell you about the condition of the main water valve in your home and replace it if necessary. Every homeowner should locate their main water shut off valve and know how to use it.
•These Angle stops are valves located under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, at your washing machine, at the toilet, and refrigerator icemaker. There are angle stops for both hot and cold water. Most angle stops are of the gate variety and are made of materials that may fail over time. Replacement of theses valves is recommended when they are showing signs of leaking or they have “frozen” in the open position meaning they can’t be turned either direction. These Angle stops need to be “exercised” regularly to make sure they are not frozen in the open position. Every month or two simply turn the angle stops off and on a few times. This will keep them working as they were designed. Never force a valve that is frozen in position. Consult a plumbing professional as soon as you can.
Your Water Supply Lines
• Your Water supply lines should be checked regularly for corrosion and rust and changed every 5 to 7 years.
Your Washing Machine
• The water to the washing machine should always be turned off when the machine is not in use. The instruction manuals for some washing machines call for the water to be on only when the machine is in use. Leaving the water on places the washing machine hoses and valves under constant pressure. The life of the washing machine hose can be prolonged if the water is turned on only when the machine is in use.
The washing machine supply box shown is found in most recently constructed homes. The box sits inside the drywall and the angle stops are inside the box.
Immediately Clean Up After a Leak
Our Good Ideas:
•You should not lift tacked down carpet without professional help. Lifting the carpet incorrectly can cause shrinkage.
Our tips are provided as a service from Bill's Sewer & Drain Service, Inc. , the information in Bill's Sewer & Drain Service, Inc. emergency tips” is intended to simplify jobs around the home. Tools, products, materials, techniques, building codes and local regulations change; therefore, Bill's Sewer & Drain Service, Inc. assumes no liability for omissions, errors or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, and is urged to consult with a licensed professional if in doubt of any procedures mentioned in this section.
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