Kids Vs. Plumbing

When you have small children in your home, you want to do what you can to prevent them from being hard on many different things in and around the home. You are going to want to make sure they don't color on the walls, spill red juice on the carpet, use their little fingers to rip off the wallpaper, seriously injure themselves by messing with the outlets (which you will want to have babyproofed for their safety), or rip through your beloved garden. However, there is another important area you are going to want to watch closely when there are small children in the home, and that is the plumbing system. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with the plumbing when the little ones get involved. Here are some tips for protecting your plumbing from the children and the children from the plumbing:

Keep your water heater temperature down: When you have children in the home, it is even more important for you to make sure the water heater temperature isn't set too high. Although, this should be done in any home, whether there are kids in it or not. Your water heater should never be set for a temperature of more than 120 degrees, especially when you have small children in the home. This can prevent them, or anyone else in the home, from seriously scalding themselves on hot water by accident.

Have screens put in all the drains – There is no end to what a little one will put down the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, or bathtub drain. They may find that these drains are the perfect places for them to put their little marbles down, hide their tiny toy soldiers, or even stick their little Legos. When things like this get down into the plumbing, it can create major issues for your system. Putting screens in these drains can prevent them from being able to shove these things down the drains.

Watch them when they go potty – While little ones love to assert their independence and show you that they can go into the bathroom all by themselves, they can also create a lot of trouble in there when left alone. If you are fine with your little one using the bathroom unattended, make absolutely sure you check that the bathroom is free of anything within their reach that you don't want to go into the toilet, and make sure they aren't bringing anything in the bathroom with them. Little ones absolutely love to watch their toys and other things, like your car keys or even your cell phone, try to make their way down the toilet drain. Many serious home plumbing problems started with a toddler and a toilet, and you don't want to find yourself in this situation.

For more information, talk to companies like Travers Plumbing & Heating Inc.