HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT PLUMBING PROBLEMS – There are a number of problems that you will no doubt, from time to time, experience with your home’s plumbing. From a small issue, such as a dripping tap, to more drastic problems like a burst pipe. There are a number of measures that you can take to help prevent any real major plumbing problems and in this guide below shows you how to troubleshoot common plumbing problems.
Pipework – Regularly check your pipes for leaks. Don’t let your pipes freeze up in winter, make sure you insulate your pipes properly to prevent this from happening – there is nothing worse that a burst pipe and the amount of damage water can do, due to flooding, can be extremely costly. Believe it or not a burst pipe is most commonly caused simply because the pipes were not properly insulated, so check yours to make sure.
Mains Water Valve – If you move into a new home, find out where this is so you can turn off the water supply in an emergency. Most mains water valves are situated at the front of the house in the driveway – it will be a small round or square plate that can be lifted to locate the valve. More often than not you will also find the water meter located here.
Shut Off Valves – Find out where your shut off valves are in the heating system and other inlets. These are often located in airing cupboards or cupboards that house the hot water cylinder.
Toilets – Lift the lid now and then and check the water level and is if the ballcock is working as it should.
Taps / Faucets – Fix any dripping taps by replacing the tap washers where needed around your home.
Blockages – Check the waste pipes and traps, they may need cleaning out.
Water Tanks – Check the water levels and test the bullcock to make sure it is cutting off the water at the right level. You should also insulate the cold water tank in your attic to prevent the water from freezing. If you have properly insulated your attic then you will find that the attic will be extremely cold, especially in the winter months.