3 Things To Do Before You Have Plumbing Issues

Have you recently moved out into your own home? Is this the first time that you'll be living away from your parents? When you're living on your own, you'll have a lot more responsibility when it comes to keeping everything properly maintained. One thing that you'll need to know how to handle is any plumbing situations that might arise. While calling a plumber is the best course of action for most issues, it's still a good idea to know what to do to minimize potential damage. Some things that you'll need to keep in mind include:

Know where the water shutoff is: If you're living in an apartment, you may or may not have a water main valve that you can access. If you're renting a house or you've actually purchased your own home, now is the best time to find out where the water main valve is. It could be in the front yard, the back yard, or even somewhere near the house. Should a pipe burst or a leak get out of hand, you'll need to shut off the water while you're waiting for the plumber to arrive. Since it could be a couple hours before even an emergency plumber is able to get to your home, you'll want to turn the water off so as to minimize the mess.

Keep a few old towels or sheets around: When a towel gets holes or otherwise becomes worn out, many people simply throw it away and go out to buy a new one. By all means, buy a new towel or two but don't throw out the old one. Instead, launder it one last time and keep it in the linen closet with the other towels. Should your toilet overflow or should sewage back up into your shower due to a plumbing problem, having worn out towels on hand will make cleaning up the mess a lot easier. Instead of using your good towels to clean everything up once the plumber's done, you can soak up the water with the old towels or sheets and then throw them away.

Have the number to call stored in your phone and elsewhere: Dealing with plumbing issues can be hectic. Having to try to find your landlord's number or the number to a reliable plumber can be difficult when you're trying to deal with water in places that it shouldn't be. If you ask your landlord now, he or she may simply tell you to call the plumber of your choice and to send the resulting bill to him or her.