Caring for the plumbing of your home is essential if you are to keep the clean water flowing in and wash out the waste of your home. Most people do not think about their plumbing until there is a crisis. By then, however, they are left with a huge mess and, ultimately, a large bill.
Plumbing maintenance is something you can do daily to keep up with minor issues that can turn into large, expensive problems later. Maintenance also lets you save water and save electricity bills. To help you prevent these circumstances, here are five easy plumbing maintenance tips for your home:
- Fix Leaking Faucets and Showerheads
Dripping faucets can waste a lot of water, so they can add to your bill. And if you are not repairing a drip faucet or a showerhead, the drip can get worse over time. These problems can cause damage to the water. To avoid problems, test your facets periodically for leaks and make repairs when required. Check the handles to make sure that no water drips when the handles are switched off and test the water stains or drips under the sinks while the water is running.
- Unclog Slow Drains
There may be a problem when the water is slow to drain. Using a homemade mix of vinegar and hot water to flush down the drain and unclog any debris until it gets out of control. This preventive maintenance tip can be performed every few months and the drain can run again.
- Fix Leaking Toilet
Sometimes a defective seal around the seat of the valve can cause your toilet to run even if it is not flushed. Over time, gunk will form around the seat of the valve and the flapper. This gunk will prevent the flapper from being properly sealed, which will keep the water flowing. Another problem could be the handle or the tank stopper. The repair that is often needed is quick and inexpensive maintenance.
Note: Be careful whether you are flushing or dumping down the pipe. The trouble with the drains and the toilets is that there are so many items that can be flushed down. The easiest way to avoid problems with your pipes is to take care of what you flush or pour it down to begin with.
- Check the Water Pressure
Water pressure is the amount of force that comes out of your faucets and shower heads. You can measure the water pressure on your device with a pressure gauge to ensure that it is at a safe level. Another preventive step is the installation of a pressure regulator to maintain the water pressure at a safe level.
Note: Remove and clean the shower head of any debris that might have collected. This can improve your shower head’s water pressure.
- If you have a septic tank, you can get it inspected regularly. Add the pumping of your septic tank to your list as an essential part of maintenance.
Note: If you have a sewer system, it is a good idea to consider how your lines function and inspect tree roots that might harm your sewer lines. The preventive measure should be to have the sewage lines serpented regularly to prevent clogging.
Preventive maintenance for your plumbing can help you avoid a major plumbing problem. Sometimes, after checking items, you may need a repair to keep them maintained. While some of the repairs can be completed by yourself, others will need more expertise.
When it comes to your plumbing needs, you always want a professional tradesman that you can trust. At Your Pro Plumber, we value honesty and integrity, which is why you can rest assured that you’ll always get the best service for the best price. Call us now at 1300 100 977.