What To Look For in Your Plumbing System After Time Off

Many businesses have been closed due to the COVID-19 and while you have been home, the plumbing system at your office has also been on a mini-vacation as it has not been used during the weeks to months you have been away. So, unbeknownst to you, there might be a variety of issues that you will need to attend to once you return. Plumbing problems are expected to happen to anyone at any time, especially during times of inactivity. So, as many people are returning to their offices, let’s take a look at a few things you should check for upon your arrival.

 

Main Water Valve

The main water valve is what controls all of the water that enters the building. This should’ve been turned off before you left as it would protect you from any water damage in the event a leak were to occur. So, upon your return, you will want to turn it back on and check to see that everything is working properly as it should. If you happen to notice anything unusual, you may want to seek professional assistance. 

 

Leaking Pipes

Make sure you are also checking around the toilets, faucets, showers, water heater, and any other pipes for leaks. One of the most clear-cut signs of a leak is a small pool of water around it. However, a not-so-obvious sign of a water leak is a wet pipe, so you will want to feel around for that as well. Another tactic is to take your socks off and walk around the flooring to see if you feel any damp or cold spots because those may be an indicator of a leak underneath the floor. 

 

Sump Pump

The sump pump is the first line of defense whenever there is an excess of water due to heavy rain or leaks. Similar to the main water valve, this is something that should have been checked before you closed down. So, when you return, you will want to check it once again to ensure it is working as it should. One way to do so is to pour a bucket, or water the pit with a hose to make sure that it is draining the water automatically.

 

Supply Lines

Another thing you will want to look into is the material your supply lines are constructed out of. If they are made of plastic, it might be time to upgrade them to stainless steel because plastic supply lines are much more fragile and may have been damaged during the time away. 

 

These are just a few things you will need to check for once returning to your business to ensure that the plumbing is working as it should. If you notice anything alarming, be sure to call All County Sewer and Drain at 1 (800) 834-3102 as soon as possible to take a look and remedy the situation!

Why You Shouldn’t Try DIY Drain Cleaning

Normally, when your drain becomes severely clogged, your first instinct should be to call a professional company to come in to clear up the issue. Unfortunately, that is not always what people tend to do. Some homeowners will look to deal with the problem themselves in an effort to save money. The problem with this strategy, especially here in NYC where homes are a little older and drains and pipes have more wear and tear on them, this can become a nightmare situation that leads to even bigger and more expensive problems down the line. So, let’s look at a few more reasons why you should not try the DIY approach to fixing a clogged drain.

 

Liquid Drain Cleaners Are Not Always The Best Option

If you have any professional drain cleaning company, they will tell you that it is not recommended to use liquid drain cleaners. One reason, in particular, is the overall toxicity which can be very detrimental to the environment. However, as it more closely pertains to your home, liquid cleaners can cause damage to your pipes due to the corrosive acid that is at work to unblock the clogs.

 

The Problem Could Be Bigger Than You Expect

Another big reason is that most DIY enthusiasts do not fully understand the scope of the problem that they could be facing. So, without knowing the exact cause of the clog, you will struggle to find a solution to fix it. Situations such as grime build-up and solid masses can be too much for someone to handle without professional assistance.

 

You Risk Further Damage And Costs

Because most homeowners are unaware of the ins and outs of professional pipe maintenance, they run the risk of causing even more damage to their pipes by taking on the issue themselves. And in their attempt to save money, they could create a problem that would run them even more money which all could have been avoided, to begin with, had they contacted a professional in the first place.

 

DIY Is A Big Investment

Most homeowners will assume that by handling the situation themselves, it will save them money. And while that might be true, one must ask whether the costs you are saving will truly be a benefit down. Going the DIY approach may cause a lot of time and effort on your part that you could allocate elsewhere and ensure that the job is done correctly.

 

So, when it comes to fixing a clogged drain or dealing with a pipe issue in your home, it might be in your best interest to give a call to a seasoned professional. DIY approaches tend to lead to even worse problems which end up costing you much more than it initially would. All County Sewer and Drain has been servicing homeowners in the tri-state area for years and have built up a reputable reputation amongst their clients. So, if you are having trouble with your pipes, be sure to give us a call at 1 (800) 834-3102!