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Most of us take our home’s plumbing system for granted. We rely on it to complete our daily chores, personal hygiene, and cooking, yet we don’t even think about it until something goes wrong. By then, it’s too late, we have a huge problem, sewer coming up in the bath tub, or no water to cook with, or no hot water, and then we are left with either a huge mess, a huge bill or—worse—both.
The good news is plumbing disasters can be avoided. All you have to do is take the time to perform some simple checks on your plumbing system. The following tips will help you save money and avoid costly plumbing bills and unnecessary life interruptions.
1. WATCH FOR PLUMBING LEAKS
A little leak can turn into a big problem if left untreated. What seems like a drip now can lead into a flood later on. Always be on the lookout for leaks under sinks. Look for signs of moisture, and be on alert for leaking faucets, water marks, musty smells, rocking toilets, or dripping refrigerators.
2. REPAIR PLUMBING PROBLEMS EARLY
If you do find a leak, don’t let it languish at the bottom of your To-Do list until a larger problem forces you into action. Sometimes the severity of the issue can be deceptive. Puddles that appear small may just be seeping into the floor, and small faucet leaks could be breeding mold growth or causing your pipes to corrode. Taking care of these issues right away will prevent them from growing into something more damaging and costly as time persists.
3. PREVENT CLOGGING
A serious clog can shut down your whole system. Educating yourself on basic drain maintenance will help you keep your drains free from debris that can back up water and put harmful pressure on your pipes. Taking care of your drains means clearing out visible debris every couple weeks, and being mindful about what goes down the drain.
4. KNOW HOW TO SHUT OFF WATER SUPPLIES
If your toilet, sink, or bathtub starts to overflow, you need to act quickly to prevent serious damage. That means knowing where the shut-off valves are for individual water-using appliances such as sinks, toilets, dishwashers, and washing machines, as well as your home’s main water shut-off valve in case you need to turn off the water supply to your whole house.
5. AVOID CHEMICAL DRAIN CLEANERS
They may be an attractive quick-fix to a clogged drain, but chemical drain cleaners are damaging to your plumbing system and have a high toxicity that can be harmful to your health. Instead of using chemical drain cleaners, opt to clear out drains by hand or enlist the help of a professional.
6. SOFTEN YOUR WATER
Hard water – water with a high mineral content – can significantly reduce the lifespan of your plumbing system. The calcium and magnesium in hard water leave deposits that can corrode your pipes or cause them to clog, increasing water pressure. No only that, but if you notice this, you very likely have hard water. …
- Dry Skin and Hair. …
- Faded Clothes. …
- Stained Sinks and Bathtubs. …
- Frequent Plumbing Repairs. …
- A Rise in Water Bills. …
- Unsightly Dishware.
There are some temporary solutions you can use to minimize the harmful effects of hard water, but the only long-term solution is to install a water softener.
7. KEEP YOUR SEWER LINES CLEAR
The worst disaster come from sewage, or grey water. Sewer lines and septic tanks can be the most expensive plumbing disasters. Hiring a plumber to clear out your sewage line and pump your septic tank once every 3-5 years will help keep these systems running smoothly and prevent messy sewage backups.
Following these simple tips will help to keep your plumbing system in good shape, but if disaster does strike your plumbing system, Mountaineer Plumbers is available 24/7 for emergency service.