Few things are as absolutely devastating to have happen as a plumbing catastrophe. Luckily for everyone involved, there are things you can do at home right now to keep your plumbing operating smoothly! So, why not add some house maintenance to your New Year, New You creed?
Seven Tips to Keep Your Plumbing Flowing
Look for Leaks
Do a routine inspection of all exposed pipes, appliances, and fixtures in your home for leaks. Look for water pooling under them or accumulating on the pipes. Your refrigerator, your washing machines, anything that connects to your plumbing. Look for visible signs of leaks in pipes that aren’t exposed such as spots on the ceiling, or water along walls. The sooner you see these leaks the faster you can get someone (like Economy Plumbing) out to take care of it.
Fix Leaky Fixtures
Ok, you have spotted some leaks, maybe your kitchen faucet is dribbling water whenever you open it. Take care of that asap! Faucets, showerheads, toilets, whatever the case may be, the slow drip of water, even if silent can waste a ton of water, raise your water bill, and any leak left unchecked can get worse!
Unclog Slow Drains
When your drains don’t drain at all, that’s a huge problem, when they drain slow it’s only a matter of time! Often a clog in the line will develop slowly over time. To prevent it, unclog your slow drains and use a homemade drain cleaner mixture of vinegar and hot water to break up and flush any clogs developing. Do this routinely, to ensure a good drain.
Know What You Pour
This is a preventative step through and through. Knowing what you are pouring down your drains (and whether you even should) will save you so much headache. Only toilet paper and human waste should go down the toilet drain while sink drains shouldn’t have coffee grounds, large pieces of food waste, and greases poured down them. A garbage disposal is helpful’ but if you’re not careful that grease will grab on to any tiny pieces of debris, binding them all together and create clogs.
Clean Your Shower Heads
Speaking of water pressure, if your shower isn’t packing quite the punch it used to, it is probably time to clean up your shower head. These accumulate sediment through use and it will eventually cause problems with your flow. Remove your shower head and give it a good cleaning, removing the built up sediment, freeing your flow, and getting your morning showers back on track.
Know Your Lines!
Knowing how your home and plumbing system connect with the sewer system can prevent you from making any accidents when it comes to home improvement projects, and help you see potential problems on the horizon. Are your lines close to a tree? Those roots might be getting into the pipes and causing troubles. We talked more about sewer lines here.
Maintain your Water Heater
The hot water heater might be one of the most critical components to your home plumbing system, whether or not you realize it. So, maintaining your water heater is huge for preventing problems. We’ve talked about it at length elsewhere so here’s some good reading on leaky water heaters and what you can do to prevent them.
Use these 7 tips to make 2020 your best year yet when it comes to plumbing health! Regular maintenance performed by you and routine checkups and repairs handled by us and you’ll never worry about plumbing catastrophes again. Already having some plumbing problems? Give us a call today and we’ll help you out in no time!