Plumbing problems can come out of nowhere. Often times you go to take a hot shower or wash your hands and almost immediately you find a problem with a leak in the pipes. Throughout this blog post we’re going to explore some common maintenance routines that will help you keep your plumbing running a new condition.
Tip Number 1
If you see a leak fix it immediately. Anytime that you feel like it can and will get worse 100% of the time. If you let a leak continue to leak those problems will cause water damage and will only put added stress on the plumbing. Pro tip: Always check the faucets to make sure they are on the off position when determining what the source is
Tip Number 2
Unclog your drains. If you notice that water is starting to pool at the start of the drain it’s time to get in there and unclog it. Often times you can manually unscrew the drain cap and remove any debris in the way. If that is not enough, try using over-the-counter drain cleaners such as Drain-O. In extreme cases, cases involving human hair, you can use hyaluronic acid.
Tip Number 3
Check out what the heck is going on with those pipes. You should routinely inspect all the plumbing and pipes in your home to check for leaks typical signs include pooling of water, mold and mildew, in water stains. Common places that you will see problems are underneath water heaters and any appliance that has water running through it
Tip Number 4
Toilets are very common household plumbing problem. You should always check the seals and make sure that there aren’t any leaks. Also, mechanisms on the inside of the toilet can become a real hassle. Be sure to routinely inspect these.
Tip Number 5
Always know the chemicals that you are using on your drains. This includes common household cleaners, drain unclogging agents, and any other chemicals that on your appliances. What most people don’t know is that overtime many chemicals can damage the plumbing in your home. It is critically important that you read the labels and do your research to make sure that these chemicals are not damaging your plumbing.
Tip Number 6
Keep an eye on how much water pressure is coming through your pipes. It seems like your water pressure has gotten weaker over time it’s time to get a gauge and determine what the issue is. If you cannot determine what the issue is it may be best to call a plumber.
Tip Number 7
remember your ABCs. Always be checking for possible sediment buildups. Any time that you see soap scum or rust, what you’re actually seeing is a potential plumbing nightmare. The second that you see the sediment build-up, you need to take care of it. Failure to remove this sediment can result and a very costly plumbing bill.
Tip Number 8
Routinely and regularly inspect in check on your hot water heater. Hot water heaters are also known as boilers. Once every 6 months, you should drain your hot water heater and inspect for any potential problems. I doing this you’re doing yourself a huge favor later down the road.
Tip Number 9
Check all of the hoses in your house for any cracks, stiffness, or brittleness. Cracks and stiffness are a sign that they have already broken or could break soon. Brittleness is a very common occurrence and hoses that have been worn over time and deal with fluctuating temperatures. If you notice any brittleness you should call a plumber or replace it yourself immediately.
By routinely checking on your plumbing and pipes you can avoid extreme problems in the future. Often times if you catch a problem in the early stages, you can fix it for a fraction of what the cost would be otherwise. It’s always recommended that you do your plumbing repairs yourself if you are comfortable and know what you’re doing. For jobs that you do not know how to do, it’s best to leave those to the experts in that case you may want to look at hiring a plumber.
Published: November 5, 2016