Does your home pass the test when it comes to plumbing safety? Do you know what safety precautions to take when tackling DIY plumbing jobs around the home? In honor of June being National Safety Month, we’ve outlined some everyday plumbing safety tips for homeowners. We’ve also put together a checklist to help keep you safe and protected during DIY plumbing projects.
Plumbing Safety Around the House
To help keep your family safe, do a routine safety check around the home. Check your water heater and make sure it’s set to the manufacturer’s suggested 120°F to avoid the risk of burns. Consider installing scald guard valves on showerheads, especially in the kids’ bathroom. Also, make sure drain cleaners and other poisonous products are stored securely out of reach of children and pets. The Missouri Poison Center has some helpful tools for teaching your kids about poison safety.
In general, keep an eye out for signs of bigger plumbing issues such as interior leaks and damaged lateral waste lines. These can lead to safety hazards such as mold, termites, rot, and wastewater backup. Homebuyers in particular should be on the lookout for these issues when considering buying a house.
Safety Tips for DIY Plumbing Projects
If you’re not a professional plumber, you may not be aware of all the different safety precautions to consider when tackling DIY projects around the home. Here’s a checklist of basic plumbing safety guidelines:
- Read warning labels!
- Always shut off the electricity when working near a power source.
- Wear protective goggles and earplugs to protect your eyes and ears.
- Wear a facemask to keep your lungs safe from dust and chemicals.
- Wear gloves to protect your hands from hot water, tools, and chemicals.
- Learn what type of pipes you have in your home, where the pipes are located, and where the shut-off valves are located so that you can quickly access them if needed.
- Keep a list of emergency phone numbers on hand, including the numbers for poison control, utility companies, and a licensed professional plumber.
- If something goes wrong or if you encounter a bigger problem such as a burst pipe, don’t panic! Shut off the water supply and give us a call at (314) 501-9950