Plumbing Tips and Precautions

Plumbing as an activity can only be performed by the hands of a skilled technician, and there are several instances of illegal plumbing that have affected the lives of technicians and homeowners.  Performing the task of a plumber without the license to practice is illegal within the Commonwealth of Australia. Here are a few residential plumbing tips and precautions that will keep you safe from water disasters :

  1. Do not puncture pipes: Before drilling holes into the ground and walls, it is necessary to find out if there is a supply or drainage pipe within that area. A stud finder can locate pipes behind walls and within the grounds. We can repair a punctured pipe by replacing the copper within the punctured area of the pipe. To stop a puncture, one can use a piece of wood, C-Clamp, and a piece of rubber to stop leakages.
  2. Know the location of switch-off valves: It is necessary for a homeowner to know the location of switch-off valves as to close off the water supply. We situate this valve within the perimeter of your house and it is found within your property inspection report. A switch-off valve is a plumbing fixture that controls the flow of water to faucets, tubs, and toilets.
  3. Don’t put garbage down a drain: Please don’t put vegetable peelings, food debris, and food starch down a  drain. The disposal of garbage down a drain can lead to severe clogging that can cause water to overflow back in your house. It is necessary to use proper garbage disposal methods to maintain hygiene within a drainage area. Keeping the drains clean reduces the chances of water-borne diseases and reduces the risk of bacteria colonization attached to polluted water.
  4. Check what you flushed: A toilet is not a place to dispose of trash, and one must not flush metal objects, medical prescriptions, tampons, and other hygiene products down the toilet. Metal objects can damage sewers and affect the treatment of human waste. Other things if flushed can cause clogging and would attract an expensive visit from the plumber.
  5.  Ensure that your main sewer is clean: It is necessary to check that your sewer is clean and free of external objects. One ensures that the lid of a sewer must be covered and there should be no external seepages into the sewer. Ideally, sewage must not seep outside, and we must seal all fixtures within a sewage drain. One must check the free flow of sewage within a sewer and routinely check sewage drains and pipes. Do not touch the sewage and contact a certified professional in the situation of a leak.