2 Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Residential Plumbing System in Good Working Shape
Performing preventative maintenance on your residential plumbing system involves regularly inspecting your faucets, water pipes, valves, drains, sewer lines, plumbing appliances and all other plumbing components in order to identify and fix problems before they exacerbate and lead to costly repairs.
As a homeowner, you should arrange to have a qualified plumber come to your home on a regular basis to look after your home's plumbing. But this does not mean that your plumbing system should only be maintained when your plumber visits. You can also do something to complement the work that your plumber does in ensuring your home plumbing works properly at all times.
Here's what to do between the trips your plumber makes to your residence.
Check for leaks.
No matter how small, water leaks should be attended to immediately. If left unattended, leaks can waste several gallons of water each year, thus resulting in huge water bills. Aside from that, they can cause extensive structural damage to your home, making you spend several thousand dollars on repairs. Leaks also create the perfect environment for mould and other harmful microorganisms to grow, hence making your living space unhealthy.
To prevent or avoid the various problems that leaks can bring, it is important that you visually inspect your entire home plumbing system while checking for leak spots. Detecting leaks shouldn't be hard if you are familiar with common leak-prone places around your home. Some of the most common areas where leaks occur include faucets, pipe valves and connectors, shower heads, and more.
If you notice any leaks, immediately call in a professional plumber to have them sealed.
Fix slow drains.
Another plumbing problem that you should keep an eye out for is slow drains. If you notice that the wastewater in your kitchen, toilet or bathroom drains is flowing slower than it normally does, your drains are probably starting to get clogged.
The good news is that you can fix minor clogs yourself. All you have to do is to grab a plunger and use it to clear the blockage. Ignoring slow drains can lead to major clogging issues, which you may not be able to repair yourself and can be costly to fix if you turn to an emergency plumber for help.
Putting in a little maintenance effort can go a long way in minimising plumbing issues that may arise in your home. Practicing the above-discussed plumbing maintenance tips is a good starting point.