4 Plumbing Tips to Help You Remain Safe During the COVID 19 Pandemic

With people spending more time in their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plumbing systems are undergoing heavy use. From toilets being flushed numerous times a day to hot water systems working overtime, homeowners should develop a maintenance plan that helps reduce the likelihood of plumbing emergencies.

A blocked drain, clogged toilet, or damaged pipe is more than just an inconvenience. Such plumbing issues could also result in sanitation risks and potential spread of the virus. Therefore, consider these four useful plumbing tips to help you remain safe during these uncertain times.  

1.    Avoid flushing wrong items down the toilet drain

If you end up running out of toilet paper in the home, don't be tempted to flush the wrong items down your drains. Paper towels, wet wipes, and pieces of cloth can clog your toilet drains and result in flushing issues. You should place used paper towels and wipes in a sealed, scented bag for disposal. Face wipes can be flushed only if used in controlled amounts. Furthermore, being proactive helps you avoid blocked toilets. If you notice that you're having trouble flushing, consult your plumber before the problem becomes worse.

2.    Don't delay repairs

Speaking of being proactive, this is the time when you should remain on top of all potential plumbing issues. Test all faucets in the home for leaks, check your kitchen and shower drains, and inspect toilets for any flushing issues. What may start off as slow-moving water could result in a fully clogged drain. This is why you shouldn't delay repairs, especially because plumbers are likely to have tighter schedules during this pandemic period.

3.    Clean your dishwasher and washing machine outlet pipes

Appliance maintenance is also a useful way of avoiding plumbing issues. Because you'll be using your dishwasher and washing machine more often, you should regularly check the outlet pipe for any debris. These pipes tend to accumulate dirty water, food items, lint, and dirt particles over time. If not cleaned, the blockage will result in backflow and contamination of dishes/clean clothes. Such unsanitary conditions also increase the risk of virus exposure to members in your household.  

4.    Control use of hot water

Because household members regularly rely on hot water for washing hands, bathing, and general sanitation, you should ensure that the usage patterns are meeting your supply. Avoid wasting hot water by leaving faucets running. Leaking tanks are also a major source of wastage, which is why you should have a plumber examine your hot water system if you frequently run out.