Tips To Help Prevent Plumbing Emergency Service Calls
An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
Posted 08:15 June 06, 2020
Last Updated 10:55 December 06, 2020
You don't really think too much about the plumbing system or pipes in your home until there is a plumbing emergency. However, if you take a few preventative maintenance steps, you can be much better prepared for future plumbing emergencies. Better yet, you can avoid them altogether!
Know when an inspection is required
No matter how skilled of a do-it-yourself pro you might be, there are some tasks that only a plumber should take care of. Do your homework and take the time to find a reliable local plumber that you know and trust. Call them for an inspection and help diagnose any hidden problems before they happen.
Schedule seasonal plumbing checklists
Every season has different challenges for your plumbing system. In summer you have higher water consumption. In winter you need to protect the system from cold weather and freezing. Be mindful that at least twice a year, you should make a checklist of items that must to be done to prepare your plumbing system for colder and warmer weather.
Be diligent about checking regularly for leaks
It might seem obvious but by ignoring a simple, non-major leak, it can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars in wasted water and repair bills. Check all your faucet handles, look below sinks, check valves and pipes around the toilet. Inspect hoses, outdoor valves, and monitor appliances like dishwashers, refrigerators and washing machines. Do your best and try to do this once a month. Definitely make it a part of your seasonal plumbing checklist. Make sure that you are only putting the proper things in your drain system.
Be mindful about clogging drains
Putting anything down a toilet, shower drains, bath drains, sink or garbage disposals can lead to build ups and cause a clog. Garbage disposals cannot handle any food remnants. Highly fibrous foods can cause problems, so can cooking grease or fats once they cool down and gel up. Hair can also build up in shower and bath drains. Always watch how water drains in plumbing areas throughout your home. If it is slower than normal, you may be dealing with a clogged pipe or drain.
Be aware of your home's water pressure
All homes have slightly different water pressure but if yours drops noticeably while taking a shower, bath, or washing dishes, it is time to determine out why. If the low pressure is coming from a faucet or shower head, clean the aerators as sediment can build up and blockages can develop. A water pressure gauge can also help you measure your water pressure. If you cannot figure out the cause of the problem, a water main leak can also lead to reduced pressure. If that's the case, call a plumber immediately.
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