The health of your home relies heavily on your home’s plumbing. Believe it or not, if your home is in poor health, the occupants are at risk of being in poor health as well.
If you have a leaky faucet, clogged drains, or a water leak in your home, you may also have moisture problems. Moisture problems that lead to mold can come with a number of health effects like respiratory issues or worsening asthma.
Luckily, A-1 Sewer & Drain can help with all your plumbing needs in the Virginia or North Carolina areas so you can keep your family safe. Follow this checklist to make sure your home is in good health.
Check Your Home for Water Leaks
One of the first things you can do to ensure good home health is make sure none of your faucets have leaks. You’ll be able to tell if your faucet is leaking if it allows drops of water to escape even when turned off. Even if the drip from your faucet is small, it’s important to get it repaired or replaced to save money on your water bill.
On the other hand, you may not always know where your leak is coming from. If you run into a leak, you may notice some unusual issues such as:
- Water spots on the floor
- Water coming from a low point on the wall
- Hot water coming from the cold tap
- Exposed piping
- Foundation slab leaks
It takes a professional to fix a leak and ensure that it won’t happen again. If you think you may have a leak somewhere in your home, contact the experts at A-1 Sewer & Drain today.
Replace Your Water Heater When Necessary
Old water heaters should be replaced anywhere from eight to 15 years for multiple reasons. Not only are they inefficient, but they can also be unsafe to use and consume more electricity than more modern water heaters available today.
When you have a water heater that needs to be replaced, you may experience:
- No hot water in the home at all
- Old water tank leaking
- Yellowish-brown water
- Noises coming from your water heater
With that, it’s important to note that routine maintenance is needed, such as annually flushing your water heater. This will ensure that there are no internal issues and things are working properly. If your water heater is making noises, it may be because there is a buildup of sediment. Flushing your water heater can help bring it back to good health.
If it’s time for a water heater replacement, call A-1 Sewer & Drain to install a new tankless water heater today.
Detect Any Gas Leaks
If you have a gas leak in your home, it could be extremely dangerous for you and the rest of your home’s occupants. If you suspect an issue with the gas lines, call your local professionals immediately to check it out.
You, your family, and your pets may be affected by a gas leak in your home. If you suspect a gas leak, you may notice:
- A foul odor in your home. Although you may have a gas leak and not notice an odor, some companies use gas that has a distinctive, noticeable odor.
- The sound of gas escaping. Gas leaking may also resemble a hissing sound, which you should listen for if you suspect a leak somewhere.
- Nausea, dizziness, or headaches. If there’s a gas leak in your home, you may experience effects such as nausea, dizziness, and headaches until the issue is resolved or until you remove yourself from the home.
To keep your home in good health, if you happen to notice a gas leak or suspect something is wrong with your gas lines, it’s important to act very quickly to avoid health effects.
Once you call your local experts, you should take further action steps to help you and your home.
- Open all the windows and doors.
- Evacuate the home immediately.
- Don’t use lights or other electronic devices in the home.
- Don’t use candles or matches in the home.
- Keep your car off and away from the home.
Contact qualified professionals to locate and repair gas leaks and ensure all gas lines are in good working order with no other issues.
Sewer and Drain Maintenance
Lastly, to ensure great overall home health, you should assess the status of your sewer and drains. Normal, everyday cleaning solutions or products such as shampoo, liquid detergent, bar soaps, and more break down and cause buildup in your branch and main lines.
Now, when you consider everything else that may end up down the drain, you may experience water backing up or water in your sink or tub draining very slowly. This would be the time to call in the experts.