Whether it’s your first time out in the real world or you’ve finally fulfilled your lifelong dream of owning your own house, some knowledge of plumbing is something we must absolutely have equipped ourselves with. Not only will this come in handy on the occasion of an emergency, but it will also allow you to save on unnecessary expenses from prevention and good home practices.
A plumbing system is made out of fixtures, lines, pipes, meters, valves, drains and so on. Although what we see, which are the fixtures (toilets, faucets, showers, etc.), are the façade, underneath all of that is an intricate system underneath our homes. The lack of knowledge and ignoring these things at the first sign of a problem can be detrimental to your homes and can lead to costly repair and maintenance fees which could have been avoided. That is why, in this article, we will be providing you with the information that you need about plumbing and your home!
5 PLUMBING PARTS OF YOUR HOME YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH:
- Main Water Valve –The main water valve controls the flow of water into your home. This is also the first indicator of leak or burst in your pipes. Each home or establishment is equipped with a main water valve and is the first thing you should shut off in case of an emergency.
- Cut- Off Valve – A cut-off valve is a valve that allows you to cut off the flow of water to certain plumbing fixtures such as toilets and sinks while still supplying water to your other fixtures that need water supply. This valve comes in handy in the occasion of water leaks in specific areas of your home.
- Water Meter – A water meter is a device that allows you to see the overall health of your system. If there is low pressure, a leak or defects in your plumbing system, this can all be identified through your water meter.
- Pressure Regulators – A water pressure regulator is an indicator of how much pressure there is in your water flow. This can be useful when there is too much pressure in your pipes which could cause damages to your pipes and to the home owners.
- Valves (gas, electric & hot water) – These valves control optional resources at home. Homeowners have the option to switch these valves on and off according to their need.
How well do you know your plumbing system? If you need further assistance, call and make an appointment today!