If a pipe is broken and your house or flat is flooding uncontrollably, would you know what to do? Of course, if you’re in the Swindon area, you can call and depend on reputable, professional Swindon plumbers, Centraheat. Crucially, know now if you don’t already the location of the inside stop valve, the control to the water entering your home and how to quickly turn it off. Under the kitchen sink is common, else you might find it in an airing cupboard or under the floorboards near the front door. You should be able to then turn the valve clockwise to close it and stop the water flow.
For any DIY project, locate your shutoff valves associated with the fixture you are repairing and turn off its water supply. If in doubt, turn off the mains water supply.
While it’s true that some of the most common plumbing problems are attributable to badly executed DIY jobs, they’re less likely to occur if you’re thoroughly prepared before you start the work. File any appliance instructions so you can access them easily when you need to work on something. And take photos of each step when you disable a fixture so you can reassemble it.
Swindon plumbers, Centraheat, are proud to deliver a dedicated service. Know, though, that if you are DIYing and you face a problem, that you are equipped with a basic plumbing starter toolkit. You don’t want to be halfway through a job only to find you’re missing a tool or part, especially when the hardware store is closed.
One of the commonest causes of leaks is caused by a nail hammered into the wall and straight through pipe work. If this happens, do not attempt to extract the nail – leave it to plug the hole and switch off the water at the mains.
Of course, prevention is better than cure. Refrain from automatically reaching for the chemical drain cleaner when you have a sink blockage. It’s bad for pipes and can be hazardous to your health. Always try unclogging drains and toilets with a plunger first. And avoid blockages and a terrible mess to clean up in the first instance by not using too much toilet paper or flushing anything other than loo roll.
Remember, if you have any reservations in trying to fix a problem, don’t risk it. Call for a plumber. Call Swindon plumbers, Centraheat.