Plumbing failures are what nightmares are made of. Imagine getting up to a flooded living room from a leaking pipe in the bathroom or being faced with clogged kitchen drains just when you are rushing through your cooking activities. Additionally, plumbing issues can fully upset your family schedule for days on end bringing to a halt showers, food preparation, laundry and dish washing. However, you can avoid many of these issues if you are a bit aware of what can make your plumbing system go awry as well as hire certified and licensed plumbers to take care and rectify the defects so that they do not repetitively happen again and again.
- Too many plumbing appliances – Do you have too many plumbing appliances in your home? This will have a direct impact on the water pressure and it will be low most of the times. This is especially true if you live in a neighbourhood that has perennially low water pressure issues. Reduce the number of fixtures that you have and do not turn on more than two or three at a time. This will help to partially solve the problem but not fully.
- Fixtures fixed too closely – Once the plumbing fixtures have been installed and the pipes laid, there is little you can do to change them at a later date. It is advisable to get it right the first time around. Leave a space between the toilet, the bath and shower and the sink so that people can move around it. Think of the comfort factor when planning your home at the construction stage itself.
- Crammed plumbing space – There should be sufficient space around the pipes in the plumbing network so that you or the plumber can approach the clogged pipes to clean them out. If the pipes are concealed behind cupboards have opening so that the pipes can be easily worked on. Opening up a blocked drain will take up that much more time if the fixtures around it like panels have to be removed or dismantled first.
- Using drain like a garbage pail – Using the kitchen sink like a garbage pail can result in repeated clogging of the drain. A drain is primarily meant for liquids, not egg shells, grease, hair, oil and fat residues in liquids and fruit and vegetable peelings. This is all the more important in large commercial establishments where a lot is often swept into the drain apart from liquids. For example after commercial plasterers in Melbourne or wherever they might be working have finished their work, a waste cement and sand might be dumped into the drain. If the cement hardens inside, the whole plumbing network might have to be dismantled for cleaning. This scenario itself is enough to give anyone sleepless nights.
Plumbing mistakes are hard to rectify and can be costly if whole sections of it have to be replaced or cleaned. It is preferable to have expert professionals design the layout initially so that problems can be avoided at a later date.