Most people don’t think about their plumbing until they encounter a serious problem. But doing this ignores the fact that you need to think about plumbing maintenance to make sure you won’t need plumbing services at all. At the very least, as a homeowner you need to know what to do when you’re faced with “minor” plumbing issues so they don’t turn into major ones.
If you want to minimize your problems with your plumbing, here are the steps:
Don’t Use Commercial Drain Cleaners
If you’re already using them, stop. It is true that these things are effective in actually unclogging your drains. However, the chemicals in these cleaners that are so effective in getting rid of clogs are also responsible for eroding your pipes. They’re not worth the damage they’ll inevitably cause.
Don’t Flush Weird Stuff
If your pet goldfish died, throw it away, or hold a ceremony in your backyard if your child is upset. What you shouldn’t do is to “bury them at sea” by flushing them down the toilet. The only things that should go down the toilet are your waste and toilet paper. All other materials shouldn’t be flushed away.
Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing Up
You need to make sure that when winter comes you don’t end up with frozen pipes. Just let a slight drip of water run all winter. You may also want to wrap your pipes with plumbing insulation.
Don’t Use a Powerful Spray Too Often
Use a Water Softener
Hard water has minerals that make your tap water taste unpleasant, and these minerals also do damage to your pipes. Eventually you’ll just end up with mineral deposits that can lead to a breakdown in those pipes. You can sue a water softener system to address the issue and give you clean drinking water along with protected pipes.
Upgrade Your Pipes
If you live in an old house and the original pipes are still in place, it may be time to have them replaced. They may already be on the verge of succumbing to the wear and tear. It’s a
Check for Leaks
It’s not that you have to do a comprehensive plumbing inspection on a daily basis. But the key is that you should always be on the lookout for any plumbing problems. If you see anything, you don’t just ignore it.
This means that you need to take note of any faucets that are leaking. You should be aware if your refrigerator is dripping or if your cabinets are damp. It also helps if you pull your refrigerator away from the wall once a month. You can then check for the presence of water underneath, which may mean that your icemaker is leaking. When you see these problems, you have to take action.
Act Right Away
Procrastinating when you have a small plumbing issue isn’t really a good idea. That’s because small problems have this annoying way of turning into a major catastrophe. So don’t put off dealing with a small faucet leak, because it’s not just annoying and wasteful. The leak adds to the wear and tear in your plumbing fixtures, and you also enable the growth of mold and mildew.
Find Out Where the Shut-off Valves Are
These valves will let you turn off the water so that any problems won’t get worse.
Learn How to Fix Minor Plumbing Problems
You can save yourself some money by fixing minor issues yourself. YouTube videos will help you figure out what to do.
On the other hand, if you’re not sure of what to do then calling a professional is often the best option to take. Any plumbing repair mistake on your part can lead to a much more serious problem and a bigger plumbing bill!