We strive to ensure that each of our Berkeley plumbing customers is just as educated on plumbing as we are. After all, we have nothing to hide. As a homeowner, you should know about how your home's plumbing works; therefore, we have provided several Berkeley plumbing tips to make you a prepared homeowner.
If your home has a sump pump, check to make sure it is working properly before a heavy rain storm arrives. If you notice any buildup of sand or dirt, contact a Berkeley plumbing contractor to help clean out your sump pump and prepare it for the April rain storms. Rather than use an electric sump pump, consider having a Berkeley plumber install a battery-operated backup system so that during heavy storms you can rest assured that your sump pump will still operate – regardless of how long the power is out.
Your home should not have a constant water supply while you are gone on vacation. Since appliances do not require regular water supplies in order to operate, turn off your water before leaving for an extended period of time. A Berkeley plumber can help you locate your water valve shut off or take care of the shut off for you prior to you leaving for your vacation.
No one wants a toilet disaster to disrupt their day. With a few precautions, you can be sure yours stays in prime working order. Most Berkeley plumbing professionals recommend checking to be sure there are no hidden leaks in your system. A simple, inexpensive way to do this yourself is to put several drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If there is a leak, you will see color in the toilet bowl in 30 minutes or less. Call a Berkeley plumbing contractor if you do suspect a leak. Also, have a qualified plumber replace the parts in the tank if you find you must jiggle the toilet handle to stop it from running. This applies if you have to hold the handle down in order for the toilet to flush properly, as well.
Though it is best to have a Berkeley CA plumber inspect for leaks, if you ever suspect a leak in your home you can tell simply by checking your water meter. Locate your water meter, which is located on the exterior of the home. Check the reading during a time where no water is being used both indoors and outdoors. Write down the reading and then come back to check the meter again in 8 to 10 hours. If you note the water meter's level has risen, but no water has been used in the home during your “wait” time, then your home most likely has an undetected water leak that will need repair by a Berkeley plumbing professional.
Just like your car, your home's plumbing requires regular maintenance in order to prevent leaks or excessive plumbing repairs later down the road. Hire a professional Berkeley, California plumber to perform regular plumbing maintenance on your home to ensure that pipes, fixtures and even valves are in proper working order. Regular maintenance plans and programs are available and offered at an affordable price.
For more plumbing advice, contact a professional Berkeley plumber today. Our highly trained plumbing experts can answer all of your questions and concerns for both residential and commercial plumbing systems.