Plumbing is to your home what your circulatory system is to your body. As a homeowner, you need to know as much about it as possible, and do everything in your power to keep it safe and running. Otherwise, you will be spending a fortune on plumbing repair, not to mention the damage leaks or bursting pipes could cause in your home.
Whenever you need plumbing services, from repairs and maintenance to new installations and pipe replacements, we will gladly help. In the meantime, we would like to help you avoid plumbing disasters and keep your home safe, so here are a few tips you can follow:
1. Get to Know Your Plumbing System
Knowing how to turn off the water can help you avoid floods and water waste in case of leaks or bursting pipes. Knowing the average water consumption in your household can help you identify leaks. Many things can go wrong with your plumbing. If you know how the system works, you can prevent problems, or at least catch them early and solve them before they escalate and require expensive and complex plumbing repair services.
2. Don’t Take on Plumbing Repairs You Know Nothing about
In an attempt to save money, you may be tempted to avoid hiring professional plumbing services and try to solve some issues by yourself. It may be easy to replace a tap, but trying to repair leaks or overflowing toilets by yourself could turn into a home and health hazard. Besides the fact that you lack the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience, you will also need tools and equipment you probably don’t possess. In the end, you could end up spending more to repair the damage you caused.
3. Take Measures to Help Your Plumbing System Withstand Bad Weather
In the summer, when the weather is hot, keeping the bathroom, kitchen, and basement windows open is the best way to prevent mold and mildew. In winter, the windows should remain closed most of the time – half an hour a day should be more than enough for ventilating the rooms. More than that, the heating system should remain at a bearable temperature, even when you leave the home, and you should insulate the pipes to prevent them from freezing and bursting.
4. Be Careful What You Let Down the Drain
You could be clogging your kitchen and bathroom drains without realizing it. The waste coming out of the garbage disposal will stick to the drain walls, pile up, and eventually clog the drain. By the time the sink starts to back up, the clog is too severe to dissolve with common drain cleaners or plungers. The toilet paper, wet wipes, and feminine products you throw in the toilet take a long time to dissolve. They will most likely stick to the waste along the drainand form clogs. Preventing such clogs is much easier than dealing with them, so avoid letting any thick, slow-degrading waste down the drain.
5. Don’t Ignore Your Plumbing
Just like your car, your plumbing needs regular checks and maintenance. A professional plumber should inspect it regularly and clean the ducts or perform any repairs necessary. Also, you should never ignore drips since, besides wasting a lot of water and raising your utility bills, they could escalate into more serious problems that will require expensive plumbing repair services. Whatever you do, you can always count on our technicians for your plumbing maintenance, diagnosis, and repair needs.