There are many different codes in plumbing. These codes are created to ensure the efficiency of the plumbing system and also to protect the health and safety of those using those systems. Sometimes these codes get complicated and it’s best to leave certain jobs up to the professionals, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to help yourself. This is by no means an all-inclusive list. Here are a few tips for the average home-owner.
Know Where Your Water Shut-Off Valve Is
They say knowing is half the battle. This important tip right here can save you thousands in water damage. Make sure you have a clear picture of where your main water shut-off valve is. Most of the time the water shut-off valve is very close to the hose-bib in your front yard. If your hose-bib is sticking out of the wall it may be on the other side of that wall, usually in the garage… behind a lot of boxes. I recommend having a clear shot at this valve in case of emergency!
Know Where Your Gas Shut-Off Valve Is
Same reason as above! This valve is right by your gas meter and will usually require an adjustable wrench to operate. When you turn your gas back on your need to make sure you don’t have any appliances that use standing pilots. Standing pilots need to be re-lit manually otherwise you will be allowing small amounts of gas to flow into your home.
Replace Rubber Washing Machine Hoses
Rubber washing machine hoses are the least expensive hoses you can buy, but they are also the most likely to burst. Especially if your home has a high pressure problem that you are unaware of. Replace these hoses with either a standard stainless steel braided hose or even upgrade to an auto-shutoff hose. The latter hose will sense the change in pressure and shut itself off.
Know Your Water Pressure
I can’t stress this enough. Knowing and maintaining your water pressure is key is maintaining a healthy plumbing system. Too little and you’re left wanting more. Too much and your plumbing system is being treated like a balloon. 60 psi is ideal and no more than 80 psi max. You can test this with a $10 pressure gauge purchased from home depot. Read my article about pressure here.