Essentials plumbing maintenance tips for homeowners
Regular plumbing maintenance of your water system is the best way to prevent future problems like leaks and drains. The areas where you can do periodic maintenance are:
- Laundry room
- Appliances like refrigerator, washing machine, toilets, showers, water heater.
- Outdoor plumbing
Avoiding major plumbing problems is also saving costs. Let’s minimize the probability of needing a plumber for an emergency, here are important tips to keep your plumbing in good condition.
-Unclog drains and remove any debris at least once a month, it will help to prevent future slow drains.
-Check your faucets regularly and look for leaks and water drips, when water is running and when handles are off. An easy way to know if you have leaks is by stopping the use of water for 2 hours and then checking if the water meter changed If the answer is yes is because there is a leak somewhere.
-Take care of what is flushed or poured down of toilets and drains. Nappies and baby’s cleaning wipes usually get stuck and block the water system.
-Check if the water pressure is at a safe level. Low water pressure can be caused by corroded or clogged pipes and if you notice low pressure in all faucets is better to have a plumb inspection to check the water system.
-Check all the shut-off valves of your home, this will help you to know where are all of them for turning off in case of emergency and to know if they are working properly.
-Check the water heater and remember to remove the sediments once or twice per year. Also, check for puddles and leaks around the water tank and the general status of the device.
-Avoid chemical drain cleaners because most of them don’t work and because they are corrosive, so they can damage your plumbings and are also dangerous for skin, organic materials and metal.
Bathroom plumbing maintenance tips
-Clean your showerheads and faucets regularly, they can get clogged due to minerals and sediments from water, cleaning them will prevent problems in the plumbing system.
-Verify the water level in the toilet tank, to make sure that the water is not overflowing (from the drainpipe)
-Use strainers for catching trapped hair and soap chips in tubs and showers.
Outdoor plumbing maintenance tips
-Check if the water flows freely through all faucets and hose bibs. If the water doesn’t run easily, maybe is being blocked by debris.
-Keep your yard drains, gutters and downspouts free of leaves, branches and debris.
Garbage disposal recommendations
If you don’t use your garbage disposal correctly, you can cause damages to your plumbing system, so here is a simple list of food that you must avoid of the garbage disposal:
- Tough meat
- Grease and fat that can congeal
- Starchy items that expand when wet like pasta and rice
- Coffee grounds
- Potato peels
- Food with membranes, like onions
- Stringy and fibrous items
- Nuts, pits, and seeds
- Hard objects like bones
- Non-food items
Regular plumbing maintenance
Many of the regular plumbing maintenance is easy to do, you can do it yourself, but if you’ve had plumbing problems in the past, we also recommend scheduling an annual inspection in order to protect your plumbing system and avoid future water damages.
Call Restoration Control for Plumbing Services
If you notice a plumbing problem, no matter how small it is, call us. We have an excellent plumbing service and the best equipment for helping you to resolve any damage.
Our service is available for you 24/7, just call us and we will assist you as soon as possible. Don’t let those little plumbing problems get worse.