If you’ve ever experienced water damage of any kind in your home, you know it can be disastrous and extremely expensive. Many water problems in homes don’t come from floods, storms or other problems outside, but caused by issues inside the home. Faulty or old plumbing can lead to big water problems in the home. If you think your plumbing needs a fix—small or large—it’s always a good idea to call a licensed professional to help you fix a severe (or potentially severe) issue. However, there are a few steps you can take to avoid a big problem, which we’ve listed below in part 2 of this blog series. Enjoy!

Tip 5 – Insulate your exposed pipes. In areas where pipes are exposed and not within conditioned or heated areas of the home, such as the basement or attic, it’s a good idea to insulate the pipes. This will help reduce the potential for pipes bursting in the winter due to freezing water inside. It will also keep your plumbing working efficiently and provide an extra layer of protection from damage.

Tip 6 – Expand your toolkit. It’s obviously important that every homeowner has at least a basic toolkit. However, for plumbing jobs and repairs, there are a lot of unique and necessary tools to have on hand. Even simple plumbing jobs may require special tools, so be mindful of that before getting started if you’re doing something yourself. Don’t have the right tools or want to make the investment? Professional plumbers like ours here at BelRed have everything to take care of plumbing jobs—both simple and complex.

Tip 7 – Hire a professional for a plumbing inspection. Just like with home energy audits and inspections that we’ve discussed on the blog in the past, qualified plumbing professionals also do comprehensive inspections on your home’s plumbing system, including all pipes, faucets, drains and more. Inspections like these, when done by an honest plumbing team, can help prevent big, expensive problems in the future and give you peace of mind.

As is the case with any home improvement project, it’s best to have complete knowledge of the project and potential hazards or mishaps before taking a crack at anything yourself. Especially when it comes to plumbing and potential water hazards in the home, these are issues you absolutely want to avoid. If you don’t feel 100% comfortable with the job, call in a professional like one of our qualified plumbers at BelRed to help.

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