Imagine living in a house today without piped water. The thought alone is disturbing. That’s because it is the 21st century and such things are plumbing are no longer considered as luxuries. Plumbing and sewer systems are just as important as internet services and flawless transport. That explains why people always consider if a commercial or residential property they want to invest in feature optimum plumbing systems. Unfortunately, plumbing systems are pretty much like other systems used at home and in offices. They fail or develop glitches when one least expects. The right thing to do in such circumstances is to try a few quick fix solutions before you can look for a few plumbing services that can come to your rescue. But while at it, there are a few safety tips you should consider. Read on to learn more.
Assess the problem
Never assume you can fix any plumbing problem. The thumb rule is to always assess the extent of the damage. Settle for a temporary solution as you wait for your plumber. A leaky pipe staining the ceiling may for instance seem like an issue you can fix on your own. But like you will find out later, what seems like a tiny problem in plumbing always turns out later to be something costly and in rare occasions, life threatening. Your best bet is to find the source of the leak, seal it temporarily and call a plumber. If you are not sure of the source of the leak or you cannot find it, then by all means don’t make a guess. Leave it to a professional.
Mind the electricity
Take time to observe how professional plumbers work. More often than not, they will switch off electricity from the main switch before working on a plumbing problem near a power cable. This may seem like an obvious precautionary measure but it isn’t. Be extra careful around the basement or attic where you can easily trip on a cable while trying to access a pipe. Remember that water and electricity are ‘great enemies’.
Save your plumbers number
Like already hinted, plumbing problems tend to crop up when you least expect. Having your plumber’s number on the speed dial is therefore a smart move. The last thing you want is to wake up to a flooding basement or leaking roof when you expect guests at home.
Protect your hands
Plumbing is never complete with the right protective gear. So get the right gloves for purposes of fixing minor plumbing problems before getting professional help. Rubber gloves are ideal for different plumbing needs. Not so when it comes to industrial plumbing where one may be exposed to harsh chemicals. Leather gloves are ideal in such instances. There is one caveat when it comes to industrial plumbing though. Never fix anything on your own. For industrial plumbing glitches, even the slightest plumbing problem should at all times be fixed by professionals. Be sure to also protect your eyes, ears and most importantly, your lungs.