Our home water work is the solid foundation of our day to day lives. Kettles, baths, showers – all rely on a steady flow of water. So, our plumbing has to remain solid. However, it can be a dangerous game, just like any other household task. To protect you and your family, take a read of the following tips. See if they apply to your situation. Stay safe!
1. Cover Exposed Pipework
Whether it’s inside the house or outside the house, make sure your pipes are covered. You could use a special pipe cover system. Or, you can use a temporary solution like a simple wood frame. Some of these pipes can be hot. If you have a small child or a pet, they could be damaged by the heat. Also, we all know that pets get fascinated by the strangest of things. You wouldn’t want your cat to start scratching or chewing a pipe would you? Though, it would be amusing, it won’t be helpful to the pipe or the animal.
2. Keep Phone Numbers Handy
A sad fact of life is that something usually goes wrong. Whether the boiler dies or your dog destroys your sofa, these little things occur far too frequently. So, plan for these occasions by keeping relevant phone numbers close by. You never know what could happen! Your utility companies, a good plumber, and possibly a poison control company will give advice if you’re having some plumbing work done, too.
3. Protect your Lungs and Eyes while Plumbing
If you’re attempting a plumbing job yourself, then make sure you’re shielded from the risks. For starters, water could spray out of a pipe. So, cover your eyes with goggles to prevent damage. If the water is of a high pressure, it can hurt. Secondly, it’s best to wear a respirator or some form of gas mask. You could run into a lot of dust or some chemical fumes. Better safe than sorry after all!
4. Know How to Shut off your Water
If the worst does happen and a pipe bursts, you need to know how to shut off your water quickly. Spraying water can cause heaps of damage to your house, especially if it comes into contact with your electronics. The water could also be unfiltered and dirty. This can cause illness, if accidentally ingested. So, whether you’ve been in the home three weeks or three years, make sure you know what to do. If you aren’t sure, ask the previous homeowner or consult a professional. If worst comes to worst, browse online. Just stay well-informed!
5. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate!
You probably don’t have to worry about this at this time of year. But, ensuring your pipework is well insulated is vital over winter. As the weather gets colder, your pipes can start to freeze. This means they can burst. A burst pipe can put your entire home out of action. This means no showers, no brushing teeth, no flushing toilet… it sounds like a nightmare.
So, take the time to protect them. You have a couple of options here. The first and the easiest is to simply buy some cheap insulation material from your local hardware store. You can then wrap this around the pipes, which act as a temporary fix. Or, you can go long term, build special tubing, which fits around the pipe perfectly. It’ll take longer, but look neater.