When facing inflation, home and business owners alike are forced to take on rising living costs, but your plumbing system does not have to be one of them, if taken care of properly. Your plumbing system plays a vital role in your daily life, whether you realize it or not. Taking measures to ensure your plumbing system’s good health will prolong its lifetime and keep unexpected plumbing expenses at bay. Here’s how you can make your plumbing system last longer!
Know the basics about your plumbing system. It’s hard to take care of your plumbing system, when you don’t know much about it. Some basic things you should know include the location of your main shut-off and cleanout, how to read your water meter, how to shut off individual fixtures or where your water even comes from. This will help you act accordingly during inevitable emergencies and be mindful of how your plumbing system functions.
Practice safe draining. Keep your drain pipes clean and well maintained to prevent harmful clogs and ensure that waste drains completely. Know what shouldn’t go down your garbage disposal and your toilet (just because it says “flushable” does not mean it should be flushed).
Check for leaks and address them immediately. There are several ways to detect a water leak. Comparing your water bills and keeping an eye on your water meter are a good place to start but your efforts should not end there. Water leaks can quickly turn into more severe plumbing problems, especially during the winter months when water expands and can cause your pipes to burst. Once you detect a leak, act quickly to address the issue and prevent it from causing more damage to your plumbing system.
Don’t ignore odd noises coming from your plumbing system. Odd noises coming from your plumbing system are not all that uncommon and don’t necessarily point to serious problems. But they can become one if left ignored. Know what different plumbing sounds mean and how to address them.
Adjust to the seasons. As the weather and circumstances change, so do your plumbing system’s role and needs. As spring and summer begins you’re likely to start using your sprinkler system and water spigots again after the winter months. Fall sends leaves and debri down your drains posing a higher risk of clogs forming as winter rolls in which is when you really need to keep the water in your pipes flowing to prevent it from freezing. Following an annual plumbing maintenance plan is a good way to give attention to all the areas of your plumbing system at the appropriate times.
Clean your drains regularly. Keeping your drain obstruction free will prolong the efficiency and lifetime of your plumbing system as well as prevent damage to your home and potential health hazards to you and your household. Scheduling a regular hydro jetting service is the number one recommended method of drain cleaning as both a preventative effort as well as in the face of a severe drain clog.
Know who to call in case of an emergency. Plumbing emergencies can happen to even the most vigilant home or business owner. Only call an experienced and skilled plumbing professional to address any plumbing concerns and rest assured your plumbing system is in good hands. A neglected job by an amature can not only worsen the problem and cause more damage but it can also become more expensive and time consuming to fix.
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