Plumbing is any systems to transport water in a wide distance. It involves valves, pipes tanks, and others materials. It is important since it helps transport water that is used for hygiene, for health and as well as the wellbeing. While plumbing there are several things one needs to know especially in the course, below are some plumbing things you need to know:
How to turn off the running water:
Usually, the turning off water valve is mainly located outside the wall or underground in the box which you need to open first, or under the kitchen sinks. Ones you locate the valve shut the water off by turning the valve clockwise until the water stop running.
Location of each plumbing fixtures turn off valve:
Home sink and toilet have their own turning off valve where you shut off the water supply to one fixture. One need to know the location of each of the valves just in case of an emergency one may turn off the water in the main fixture.
Location of each plumbing appliance shut off valve:
One needs to know the location of the main water valve and the location of valve that control the supply of water to each fixture, also be aware of shutting off of the water to each of the plumbing appliances such as washing machines dishwasher and water heater just in case of an emergency.
Reading of the water meter
Water meter is used to read the amount of water used in gallons or cubic feet. If one’s home is analog one is required to read the 6 dials counter in a clockwise way to know the amount of water used in cubic feet or in gallons. The digital homes usually have meters that digital display that reads like a pump of a gas. Ones the household keeps the track of the records they can easily identify leaks since there will be a spike in water usage that can be easily explained.
Be aware of your water pressure:
Normal water pressure is about 80 psi, the water pipes appliances and fixtures cannot withstand more than this instead it will cause leaks. Ones should regularly pick water pressure gauge to check the pressure by themselves for safety purposes, or call the water company to check the water pressure.
Be aware of the location of the sewage system clean out plugs:
Whether the household is connected to the private septic tank or a public sewer they deserve to know the location of their cleanout plug. Hygiene of the plugs is usually the first step in fighting a backup.
Location of the conditioning condensation lines:
The difference of the outer door and temperature produced by the AC unit the air conditioner generate the condensation. Hence be aware of the location of condensation lines and check them regularly.
Be aware of signs of failing water heater:
The older the heater the less efficient it becomes, old heater cause water to become rusty, when this happens the units produce alarming sounds and some leaks may happen too.