How To Keep Your Plumbing Perfect
How to Keep your Plumbing Perfect?
Prevention is Still the Best Remedy
“Out of sight, out of mind” - that’s your usual relationship with the plumbing system in your home. And it
works...until something goes wrong and you find yourself with a clogged toilet or a flooded basement.
So, how do you prevent an all out emergency when it comes to your pipes? In this article, we give you money saving plumbing tips that will help your pipes last longer and prevent plumbing related headaches later.
One of the most basic money saving plumbing tips we can offer is this - preventive maintenance.
Here are the things you can do on your own to keep your pipes in top condition:
Regular Inspection - Check for things that are not working such as leaky faucets, slow drainage, and telltale puddles.
Being able to catch things before they become bigger problem saves you a lot of headache and money later.
Keep your toilet clean - This is pretty basic and should come as a habit. Regular cleaning ensures that the jets do not have buildup that will prevent flushing at full power.
Do not rely on toilet cleaning tablets or chemicals to do the job either. Good ol’ elbow grease and a trusty brush ensures you get the deep clean that your toilet needs.
Watch what goes down the drains. This is another one of our money saving plumbing tips because it minimizes the incidence of clogging.
Backed up water is not only a nuisance, it puts pressure and stress on your waste water pipes. This in turn shortens their lifespan.
How Do You Prevent Clogging?
Keep hair out of bathroom drains. Installing screens over drains in the shower and bathtub prevents this from happening. If needed, pull out whatever you can every few weeks to prevent excessive buildup.
Ensure that only sewage and toilet paper is flushed down toilets.
Keep grease out of kitchen drains.
Never pour grease down the drain, because it solidifies as it cools and can seriously clog the drain. It’s better to pour it into a sealed container and wait for it to cool before disposing of it with the garbage.
Speaking of garbage disposals, it is advisable to use cold water to keep the blades sharp and working at maximum efficiency. And never put anything tough, sharp, or stringy or non-food items through your disposal.
Keep away from chemical drain cleaners. While they temporarily get rid of the backed up water, they will also damage your pipes.
Chemicals do not really remove clogs but just push them farther down the pipes. There they can start corrosion and may even cause harm to the plumber you call in to eventually fix the problem.
What are better alternatives? Use a plunger or a drain snake. Or better yet, call a professional to handle the problem.
Keep an eye on the water pressure. While high water pressure is nice when taking a shower or filling up the bathtub fast, it also puts a lot of pressure on your pipes and increases the likelihood of one of them springing a leak.
High water pressure puts stress on pipe joints, faucets, and appliance valves and consequently lessens their lifespan.
Normal water pressure should be between 40 to 85 psi. Anything above this is bad news for your plumbing. A water pressure reducer can address this issue. Your trusted plumber can easily do this for you.
On the other hand, if you’re experiencing fluctuating water pressure, this may be an indication of other plumbing problems. Some common causes include:
Old pipes. Deteriorating pipes can cause poor water pressure all throughout the house.
Water leaks. It is all well and good if the leaks are in plain sight. They can be fixed easily. Be aware, however, that there may be hidden leaks that can cause your water pressure to be fluctuating .
Valve problems. When you encounter water pressure issues, check your valves to see if they are working properly.
Clogged Pipes. Blockage in your pipes limit the flow of water going to your faucets and fixtures and cause low water pressure.
If you suspect any of the above reasons, it is best to call a professional to address the issue. Doing it early can prevent the problem from escalating into a major plumbing emergency.
Call in the Professionals
While there are things that you can do on your own, calling in your certified plumber to do an inspection of your plumbing system is recommended to ensure that it stays in perfect condition.
As a professional, he is able to identify issues not normally caught by the casual observer. He can give you a timeline of any fixes that need to be done and prioritize what needs immediate attention.
A regular inspection can save you loads of money and prevent high-cost damage to your plumbing system.
In addition to regular inspection, your plumber can also do this for you:
Soften the water. If you live in a location where the water has high mineral content (also known as hard water), it can be a cause for shorter lifespan for your plumbing system.
These minerals can cause build up in your pipes that restrict water flow. They can also corrode fixtures, joints, and fittings. You can tell if you have hard water on your hands when you notice white build up on your faucets and shower heads.
A certified plumber can install a whole house filtration system or a sodium based softener that gives you cleaner water by removing particulates and chlorine. In addition, a water softener reduce stress on your pipes by reducing the chances of clogging.
Keep your sewer lines and septic tank clear. If you are connected to municipal sewers, your plumber can do a main sewage cleanout every few years. This prevents any messy sewage backups.
If you have a septic system installed, it is advisable to have the tank pumped out every three to five years to prevent any major sewage problems.
Perhaps the best money saving plumbing tip we can offer - Fix problems quickly. Do not wait for that small leak to become bigger. Even small leaks can cause pipes to corrode more quickly. What’s worse, it can cause water damage that can lead to mold growth in your home.
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