Preventing and fixing plumbing issues is a regular part of owning and maintaining your property. As a homeowner, you can expect to deal with at least a few plumbing problems if you live in the same place long enough. The good news is that you can significantly reduce the number of issues you have to deal with over the years with a few smart home improvements.
Use the following devices in your home to prevent plumbing disasters like leaks, flooding, and sewer backflow.
1. Automatic Shut-Off Valves: Fast, Effective Damage Control
It’s bad enough when one of your plumbing pipes bursts while you’re at home--but what if you’re away from home, giving the leak time to spread and cause significant water damage? What if someone in your household can’t find your home’s manual shut-off valve? This is precisely when an automatic shut-off valve would come in handy.
This device monitors the water pressure in your plumbing system. When it detects a pressure imbalance (meaning that there’s something wrong in the system), it prevents water from flowing through the water supply line into your home. This limits the amount of water that comes out of a leak, which can significantly reduce water damage.
2. Sump Pumps: Keeping Your Basement Dry and Happy
Basements can flood due to issues like plumbing leaks, excess groundwater, and backflow from overwhelmed local sewer systems. By the time you spend days getting the water out on your own (or days waiting for a flood cleaning and restoration company to arrive), you could have a lot of water damage and mold to contend with.
Sump pumps move water from your basement to an area a safe distance away from your home. Usually, plumbers install these pumps in a pit about two feet deep in the lowest part of your basement. When water enters the pit from the ground or from above, the pressure sensor or float activator arm will trigger the sump pump to start removing water. Not only is this a massive help during floods, but this action can also help keep your home’s foundation more stable over time.
3. Backflow Preventers: Moving Things In the Right Direction
If you’ve never experienced sewer backflow before, count yourself lucky! Sewer backflow is the term for what happens when sewage travels “backward” through your home’s drainage system, back into your home. This means you could end up with raw sewage contaminating your clean water.
Fortunately, many Nashville homes are connected to the municipal sewer is such a way to prevent sewer backflow during heavy rains or abrupt pressure changes. However, if you have plumbing fixtures below “manhole level” (like in a basement) or own an irrigation system or fire sprinkler system, you could still end up with a backflow problem.
A backflow prevention device’s primary purpose is to protect your home’s drinking water. When correctly installed onto a pipe, it will only let water flow in one direction. As soon as water starts to flow in the opposite direction, it will close and block the way.
4. Drain Guards: Unsung Heroes of the Plumbing World
Other than leaks, clogs are the most common plumbing issue you’re likely to encounter. Not only can clogs cause wastewater to back up into your home, but they can put stress on your plumbing system and create enough pressure to cause leaks. Equipping every sink and shower in your home with a drain guard is your first line of defense against clogs.
Drain guards are easy to find in-store and online at any price point. Metal mesh drain guards work well in kitchens because they can keep even tiny food particles out of your drains. Tons of homeowners rave about the TubShroom, which fits inside your shower drain so that it neatly and effectively collects every hair. With over 34,900 five-star ratings on Amazon, it’s safe to say the TubShroom is a crowd-pleaser.
At Michael's Plumbing Service, our plumbers are experienced in installing automatic shut-off valves, sump pumps, and backflow preventers. Give us a call at (615) 645-2322 or contact us online to talk with our experts about one of these plumbing solutions!