The outbreak of COVID-19 across the world has taught people an important lesson: preparation is key. In just a matter of days, normal life can change dramatically and catch your family off-guard. This is especially the case when it comes to plumbing. What will happen if you need to stay at home for an extended period of time?
In the event of a lockdown or restricted movement to slow down the spread of a disease, you need a fully operational plumbing system. But as you prepare to inspect your home's plumbing system before a lockdown, what should you pay attention to? Here are four areas that you should prioritise before a lockdown happens.
1. Blocked drains
Blocked drains can cause a significant hindrance to your home's plumbing system. The last thing you would want to experience during a lockdown is overflowing toilets or a clogged kitchen sink. This is why you should prioritise drain inspections before a lockdown happens.
Have a plumber check your drains for blockages due to food items, chemicals or paper towels. If you have any slow-moving drains, prioritise those first and then move on to other parts of the home.
2. Leaking faucets and other fixtures
In addition to draining blockages, leaking faucets can also cause a problem when you're spending long hours inside the home. A leaking faucet can gradually become worse and cause a spike in water consumption or the inefficiency of sinks within your home.
The good news is that leaking faucets are easy to repair or replace. Test each faucet by opening it and carefully watching if water leaks from the sides. If it leaks, you should try to tighten any loose components. Leaking may also occur from the connecting inlet/outlet pipe. This will necessitate the replacement of the pipe and such work should be done by your plumber.
3. Hot water issues
When a lockdown is expected, you wouldn't want to spend several days with no hot water. This is why you should have your hot water system inspected by a plumber. If you already have common issues such as lack of enough hot water, temperature fluctuations or a leaking hot water tank, you should have the problem repaired as soon as possible.
You may need to install a new tank if it's leaking or replace a faulty thermostat in the event of fluctuating water temperature. A timely inspection will give you time to plan for such repairs.
4. Broken toilets
A small drip in your toilet may rapidly escalate into a leaking or broken toilet system. Don't ignore any issues that may be present with your toilet. Prioritise such repairs before a lockdown/restricted movement order comes into effect.
Look for a plumber near you for more information.