Preventing plumbing problems


Homeowners are often scared – what if there is a plumbing emergency?

“What will happen if my plumber doesn’t respond to my calls”?

Budget is also an important factor when we think about plumbing issues and our response to any emergency situation. The fact is that none of us prepare for plumbing emergencies. If this has been scaring you since long and you are trying to find ways to save yourself from such difficult situations, here is some good news for you.


Yes, there are a few ‘preventing plumbing’ tips which can help in saving your home from different kinds of plumbing disasters.

Preventing Basement Flooding:

Does the thought of your basement getting flooded scare you? If you feel you are at a risk of flooding your basement, you simply need to know about a few ways you can prevent the basement from getting flooded during rains.


Such preventive tips are really helpful in dealing with plumbing emergencies.

  • Ensure that you have all the catch basins, downspouts and eavestrough clear. There shouldn’t be a collection of leaves on them which often cause clogging. You need to ensure that water flows freely through the drains, so that there is no flooding.
  • You need to have a sump pump system so that any excess water can be removed. This water should be draining into the storm sewer or the lawn only or as per the rules of your city. This will prevent instances of sudden flooding.
  • If you are really serious about preventive plumbing, you need to choose any rainy day and walk around the property. You need to look at different places and check if you can find pooling water anywhere. This might lead to an emergency situation later on and you need to be aware.

Check Out For All Trouble Spots:

If it is a plumbing issue, nothing visible should be ignored – however minor it might seem to be. If you find little leaks, this might be a big problem. You need to be careful and really alert for any plumbing failure which might be a threat. If you notice damp cabinets, different dripping refrigerators or leaking faucets, it might be an indication of a serious problem which needs your immediate attention.

Never Delay Repairs:

If you notice a problem with your plumbing system, you shouldn’t delay fixing it. You need to repair all problems quickly. If a faucet is leaking, it can be annoying. The moisture released by such a leaking faucet can lead to buildup of mildew and mold. If you wish to keep problems away from your home, get the leakage repaired quickly till it further damages the system.

Know How To Shut Off Appliances:

You need to have some basic knowledge and understanding of the operation, maintenance and running of a few appliances. You need to have a good knowledge of how to shut off sink, washing machines and especially on appliances which use water for running. If any such appliance malfunctions, you should be able to at least shut off the working of the system. You need to know about the location of the valve or switch so that you can quickly switch it off as and when needed.

The main requirement is to be aware of your plumbing system and keep an eye on anything unnatural you notice.