Dealing with plumbing issues can be a nightmare, especially if a leak is posing a threat to property. If you'd like to be a customer your plumber likes, however, there are four small things you can do that will make their job a bit easier.
Know Where the Shutoff Valves Are
Few things can prevent damage to property and plumbing systems quite as well as getting a valve turned off in a timely manner. There will be shutoffs underneath most of the big fixtures in your house, such as the sinks and the toilets. Shutoff valves should also be located in the basement or a utility closet.
It's a good idea to have a professional follow all the lines and identify where they go. They can then label the main lines to let you know how to shut off water to whole sections of your place. You can even ask them to color-code cold and hot water lines for added safety.
Address Problems Quickly
Dripping water from a tiny breach in a seal might not seem like a big deal, but water has a tricky way of damaging things if it's given time. Don't make do with a bucket under the sink, and absolutely don't tolerate any issues with lines that carry sewage and drain water away. If you're worried about costs, ask your plumber what sorts of arrangements they can offer.
If your house has plumbing lines in the basement, for example, it's a good idea to check them regularly. You'll probably have to change out filters regularly on a heating or A/C system, and it's a good idea to take a flashlight with you to check the plumbing lines, too. Take a rag with you to check where water might be leaking around couplings.
Turn Unused Lines Off
When there's no water in a pipe, it can't cause trouble. If you're sure you won't be using a line for months or even years, shut the valve to it off.
This is especially the case with outside lines in cold environments. If you have a line going out to a garden hose, you should make sure to turn it off and then drain the line before the first serious freeze of the year hits. While it will probably survive one or two nights below freezing, you don't want water in the line when it's below freezing for days on end.