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Tips to Prevent Plumbing Emergencies in Your Home

By September 10, 2020 No Comments

hand turning a valve on a pipe.

Learn How to Shut Off Your Water

It is extremely important to know where your main water shutoff is located and how to use it, but many homeowners don’t realize it until it’s too late. In the event of a burst pipe, if you can get to your water shutoff and turn it off quickly, you can save yourself a lot of water damage and a big headache.

Make sure that you know where your water shutoff valve is located, how to access it, and how to turn it off. If you need any tools in order to access your shutoff, keep them nearby so that you don’t find yourself struggling in the moment if a pipe bursts.

Don’t Ignore That Leak

We get it, it’s tempting to ignore that slow leak under the sink because it doesn’t seem like a big deal. But here’s the thing: that minor leak is easy to fix now, and could lead to a major problem (and a lot of water damage) later if you ignore it. Do yourself a favour and call a plumber as soon as you notice a leak. You’ll save a bundle on having to get a larger problem fixed later.

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Be Careful What You Put Down the Drain

To prevent blockages in your pipes, never pour fats or oils down the drain, and only use the garbage disposal for small bits of debris, never for large amounts of food waste. When it comes to the bathroom, never flush anything down the toilet other than bodily waste and toilet paper, and use a drain strainer in the shower to prevent hair from washing down the drain and bunging up the pipes.

FLO by Moen

FLO is a new smart home water security system that detects leaks and helps decrease overall water consumption. Once installed, FLO is controlled via a simple app so that you can turn your home water on or off from anywhere in the world. FLO detects water leaks in pipes throughout your home and automatically shuts off water if a major leak occurs, preventing water damage, mold, mildew, and rising water bills.

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