Home Plumbing Projects And Basic Safety

If you want to improve your home, you should consider several safety issues. Potential hazards can be electrical in nature, and could cause serious injuries including burns and death. In addition, you need to know that common sense are not always prevail. The first part of any procedure, including plumbing is any potential electrical safety hazards. Sacramento residents should understand the possibility of electrical danger if they choose to perform their own plumbing projects.

Shut The Electricity Off

Never assume the electricity to a piece of equipment has been shut off. Before you attempt to service anything that has an electrical component to it, disconnect it from the power supply feeding it. This could mean either unplugging it or shutting the power off at the source such as an electrical panel that uses either fuses or circuit breakers. If you do need to shut the power supply off at the panel box, be sure to put some type of warning on the box indicating that you have intentionally shut down the circuit.



Lock Out

A lock-out device or a note should suffice. This will ensure that someone doesn’t come along and turn it back on by mistake; especially with plumbing. Sacramento residents often assume that there is no electrical component associated with plumbing work, and this is not always true. A lock-out device is a specially made piece of equipment that you can install into the panel box, and over the top of a specific circuit breaker. Once installed, the breaker cannot be tampered with until the lock is removed. These lock-out devices can be purchased at your local hardware store or on-line for a reasonable price.

Test The System

Once the power supply has been cut off, test the circuit to be sure there is no power going to it. The easiest way to do this is to attempt to turn on the piece of plumbing equipment you are about to work on. If it doesn’t turn on, then you can be confident that you have successfully cut off the power, and it is safe to begin plumbing. Sacramento residents and business owners need to always take this precaution when working on any system that is electrically charged.

Steven Jennison
Sacramento Plumbing Professional
Plumbing Sacramento
Sacramento Plumbing Services

DIY Plumbing

Plumbing accidents seem to occur at the most inopportune times. No matter when it happens, however, a plumber should be immediately called, as any delay may increase the risk for water damage. Until such time as the plumber can actually arrive, however, a temporary repair can be accomplished.

Once a water leak has been discovered, the water to the house should be cut off at the main cutoff valve. This will stop the flow of water entering the home through the leaky pipe, and more damage, whether to the already-stressed plumbing or the house itself, will not occur.

Once the water flow has been halted, the area around the leak should be cleaned, and most of the excess water should be mopped up. Failure to do so, and allowing the area to remain wet, can cause warping or misshaping of wood, and can actually lead to the formation of mold, which can be a serious health threat to family members.

Small leaks may be able to be fixed with ordinary electrical tape. This is just a temporary solution as any leak will require the inspection and service of a qualified plumber. The pipe from which the leak originated should be dried first, so that the tape will stick more firmly. The tape should be applied, starting approximately 2″ away from the leak itself.

The tape should be wrapped over the leak and carried down the pipe until the tape is again approximately 2″ away from the leak. Once that is accomplished, several more layers of tape should be added, with the direction of the tape being changed each time the pipe is wrapped. This will serve to temporarily stop the leak.

Larger plumbing problems will likely need something more than electrical tape. In these incidences, a pipe clamp and piece of the inner tube from a bicycle tire, strategically placed can be used as a “stop-gap” (or “stop-leak”) measure until such time as the plumber can be called.

 

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