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How To Prevent Water Damage From Residential Plumbing

Posted by Warner Service on Apr 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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Water damage is one of the most costly plumbing catastrophes that can happen in your home. To prevent this residential plumbing issue, check out Warner Service’s precautionary tips:

Prepare an emergency plumbing kit. Forget common plumbing mishaps. Plumbing emergencies are a costly circumstance in more ways than one. You have to pay for a professional plumber's help, and you never see an emergency coming.

It's a stressful situation, but you can prepare yourself by creating an emergency plumbing kit. It's best to start with a sturdy, water-resistant tackle box and fill it with necessary tools, including the following must-haves:

  • A flange plunger. It’s one of the most recognizable plumbing tools and comes in a variety of different sizes and shapes. It’s used to clear basic clogs in a toilet. The plunger creates a vacuum with every up and down motion. This vacuum generates a large amount of water force that's used to flush out a small clog.

  • A plumber’s snake (also known as a sink or hand auger). It's hand-cranked and works a 25-foot-long steel cable into sinks, toilets, and other drain sources to clear deep obstructions. To use it, place the steel cable into a hole of the drain source until the deep clog is felt. Pull and turn the steel cable back up slightly, and repeat this motion until the deep clog is loosened.

  • An adjustable pipe wrench. Adjustable wrenches vary in the size of the jaw head, shape, purpose, and handle size. The most common use for an adjustable pipe wrench is to tighten pipes to prevent minor and major leaks in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and more. You can also remove and fit plumbing fixtures with this tool.

  • Pipe and tube cutters. This duo of "plumbing tools have adjustable heads to fit the size of the tube or pipe. [They're] used to cut...metallic and plastic equipment and should be part of your plumbing tools list," according to According to Hanover Supply Co., a commercial plumbing supply store in New Jersey.

  • Allen keys (also called a hex key or Allen wrench). This set of keys is used for removing handles on faucets in bathrooms and kitchens. With a Philips head or Allen screws holding the tool together, this set of keys is useful for big and small plumbing emergencies, from replacing a valve cartridge or washer to retightening a loose faucet handle.

Get educated. Understand which plumbing problems cause water damage, which warning signs to look out for, and how you can take the proper precautionary measures against them. Learn about how to solve certain plumbing problems before water damage becomes severe.

For example, do you know how to deal with a burst or frozen pipe? What do you do when the washing machine or water heater dies? What if the water pressure is weak or a fixture is leaking?

Check out Warner Service’s List Of Easy (And Hard) Solutions To Common Plumbing Problems to begin your education against water damage in your home.

Check the weather to prepare yourself. Did you know the spring and winter come with seasonal problems that can each cause water damage? Check out why the spring in Frederick, Maryland, means gutter cleaning, attic leak inspection, and a supply hose check-up and how the cold weather can cause all of these plumbing problems.

Water damage is a preventable issue, if you follow these expert tips from Warner Service. For more information about how to prevent water damage in your home, click on the button below to subscribe to our blog:

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Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Plumbing, Maintenance