The holidays are often described as the happiest times of the year but when faced with serious plumbing problems, it might ruin the excitement for you. Plumbing problems may appear at the most critical times. Imagine, your plumbing working well for a number of years but just when you are about to have guests over for dinner when all of a sudden, your ceilings leak.

Nobody is excited for plumbing catastrophes. In fact, most people would want to avoid such circumstances. That is why if you want to avoid a major catastrophe, make sure to call the plumber at the first sign of a problem. While waiting for a plumber, here’s what you can do.

  • It would be great if you know where the shut-off valves are located. Also, it helps a lot when you label them because these valves would be able to turn off a single fixture so that you and your family would still have access to other fixtures in your home.
  • Check the water shut-off valves to see if they are working. It is recommended that you do this 2 to 3 times a year.
  • Regular inspection and maintenance is always the key. That is why you should at least check your valves, pipes, faucets, and heaters for any signs of leaks. You would also need to check your ceilings and the walls for any signs of water damage. When you do find a leak, try to have them fixed as soon as possible.
  • Call on professionals to inspect your septic tanks as much as possible.
  • To avoid serious danger, make sure to place combustible or flammable materials away from the heater.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors would do you a great help if you install them in your home.
  • Never throw any material or substance that might damage or clog your drain.
  • Put screens on bathtub and shower drains so that fallen hair would not clog them.
  • Pipes can freeze during winter and when they do, there is a high chance for them to burst that is why you should cover your pipes with insulation.
  • When you see signs of trouble, call professionals like those at Capital Plumbing & Heating to help you out.