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Plumbing 11/5/13

Plumbing Safety 101

When it comes plumbing safety, you can honestly never be too cautious. Anything you do in life you have to take precautions, but especially with home improvement projects, whether they be do-it-yourself or you hire a professional. Always know & practice the basics of safety

One group that must take extra precautions on the job are is san diego plumbers. When talking about safety it does not only pertain to physical activity but also knowing not to ignore smells, noises, or safety codes. Any small thing thing that you may notice that may be out of the ordinary should be checked, especially if it has to do with plumbing. San diego has a lot of companies to choose from and knowing that the San DIego plumbers you choose are licensed, bonded and insured is important when hiring for services. Bill Howe Plumbing has been providing expert and safe services since 1980.

bill howe plumbing's san diego plumber safety checklistIf you do discover a plumbing problem, from a kitchen clog to a leaking water heater, and feel confident to make the repair yourself, have a safety checklist on the ready to keep your home and your family safe:

  • Be informed. Make sure you read all instructions and reference any problems that may arise. Once you have properly diagnosed the root of the problem, you should also have a clear set of directions to follow, including safety measures.
  • Protect yourself. If you do decide that it is safe to make a plumbing repair yourself, have all the necessary safety tools and accessories available close to you while working. Wear gloves to keep things like glass, fiberglass and rust off your hands. Wear safety eye goggles to keep dust, debris and sparks out of you eyes. Wear face masks to ensure you do not breathe harmful fumes. It’s been said, but it is very true, better to be safe than sorry!
  • Enlist a friend to help. Do not play superhero and assume you’re able to lift and do everything yourself. By having a friend or neighbor with you, you will be doubly safe while lifting and moving any appliances, they can help to spot you and are there in case of an emergency to help shut off water, gas or dial emergency help. Read all labels, Instructions, Manuals and warnings. You should make sure not to mix any chemicals and know what you might be using. Also, understand what to do in case of accidental ingestions or in case of an emergency.
  • Read all labels, Instructions, Manuals and warnings. You should make sure not to mix any chemicals and know what you might be using. Also, understand what to do in case of accidental ingestions or in case of an emergency.
  • Do not work if you are physically impaired. Make sure you’re well rested and not sick before beginning any project. Being tired and/or sick can lead to injury or impaired judgement.
  • Use tools as intended. Make sure you are not forcing any tools. Use the right tool for the job and make sure all cords are intact and not old or frayed.
  • Place your tools in a safe place while working. Do not place a sharp tool in your pocket as you may forget it is there. Alternatively, make sure your tools or tool cords are not in a walking path and are safely stowed.

If you are beginning a project, thinking of starting one in the future or need to hire a professional plumber, the most important step is safety, especially in  plumbing. San Diego has strict safety code to make sure that all licensed plumbers adhere to proper safety to protect your family and home. Bill Howe Plumbing has been voted the best San Diego plumbers two years in a row by the Union Tribune because of our continual dedication to the protection of San Diego residents and their homes.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for any plumbing repair, please call us today at 1-800-Bill-Howe (1-800-245-5469). You’ll be glad you did!



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