What everyone should know about their plumbingRegardless of whether you’re a home owner or a business owner, in a rented property or in a shared ownership property, there are a couple of things that you should know, and familiarise yourself with just in case there is a problem with your plumbing.

1) How to shut the water off
Water can be so destructive, even a small leak can cause major damage! In most cases, the water supply can be shut off directly at the meter, and also in the property itself. You should familiarise yourself with where these shut off valves are located so that you can turn off your water supply quickly in the event of an emergency.

2) How to shut the gas off
Leaking gas is extremely dangerous, as is Carbon Monoxide that can be omitted from a faulty gas appliance. Being able to shut off the gas supply quickly is essential, and ensuring that you know how to do this at your property is important. Gas can be shut off at the point to where it enters your property which will shut off all of the supply, and in some cases individual appliances can have the gas supply isolated. If you’re unsure about where your shut off locations are then your local gas engineer can help identify these for you.

3) How to read your water meter
Reading your own water meter can help you keep an eye on the water usage at your property but can also help you identify if there is an undetected leak if you see your meter readings going up significantly.

4) How to isolate the water supply to the heater
If your water heater has broken down then of course this will need turning off whilst it’s being fixed, but if you switch this off at the meter then it will leave you without water throughout your whole property. Locating the shut off switch on the water heater itself therefore is essential so that you can make this safe, but allowing water throughout the rest of your property.

5) Where the valves are on your plumbing appliances
All plumbing appliances throughout your property should have shut off valves so that you can isolate that particular appliance without terminating the water to the rest of the property. Familiarise yourself with the location of these valves on all of your toilets, sinks etc.

6) Where your air conditioning condensation lines are
Ok, so this one will most apply to commercial properties rather than domestic ones, but knowing where your air conditioning condensation lines are is important, these lines when the system is being used produce condensation which needs to be drained away properly and if there is a blockage or damage to these lines then it can cause mould or leaks.