As a woman growing up in a plumbing and heating family business Ive heard my fair share of horror stories over the years! One thing that is for sure is that for a woman it is so very beneficial to have some sort of a clue when it comes to your plumbing system in your home!
After all… we all know “A Royal Flush Is Better Than A Full House!”
Although I lived as a child with my father who was a plumber and heating technician (and…etc) I never really paid THAT much attention to how things work until I had my own house. For one thing the old homes in town have REALLY old pipes that need to be replaced in a lot of homes – our first home was one of them, I was so glad to get rid of those old galvanized pipes – over time they built up on the inside, flaked off gross things and our water pressure was awful! We had the pipes replaced and amazing how much better the water pressure, flow and colour was – such a difference!
Being new to country living now having a well and septic this very hot dry weather we have been having has certainly been something to be mindful about with water.
Even certain plumbing issues within the home which may seem small or simple, could actually be your worst nightmare! A small leak – which can typically be detected during routine cleaning can be your biggest warning sign – seeing water on the inside of your bathroom vanity or under your kitchen sink, never assume its just by chance. Within my own home again, while cleaning under the sink I found our drain had been leaking, thankfully it was an easy fix, however if it had been left much longer it could have begun to rot out the inside of the cupboard and work its way through the ceiling of the basement – which then becomes a huge, dirty and expensive mess! Did you know even a small hair line crack in your bathroom basin drain (silver part) can cause a lot of damage! Did you know even if your toilet ran a very small amount this small issue could infact be
using wasting many gallons of water!
It truly pays to hire a professional! Did you know that even as the home owner you could be liable if a handy man gets hurt at your home?! Yup its true! If you hire someone to do work, it does not matter that you have hired them, what matters is if they actually have WSIB coverage and insurance. If they don’t … you are on the line for any accidents OR damage which could happen due to the repair or install. Of course everyone is not perfect, yes even pros’ can have a slip up or make a mistake, this is where having business insurance is smart!
Take a walk through your basement, become familiar with where the pipes run, where your plumbing appliances are (softener, hot water heater etc), do monthly checks of your faucets and drains to ensure there isnt any leaks or cracks. If you live in the country and have a septic system, find out where it is, figure out when it was last pumped, do not wait until you are in an emergency situation to call for help!
Preventative Maintenance is a very valuable investment as a home owner, very common with vehicles, however over looked by many property owners.
Give us a call at 1-866-565-5513 or 519-323-2000 and speak to Pam to book your preventative maintenance appointment where we will send a qualified plumber out to do a thorough inspection of your plumbing system.
JJ McLellan is a family run Plumbing and HVAC Business which has been in operation since 1948!
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