Maintaining a Healthy Home Plumbing System
Keeping your home's plumbing system in good condition will benefit you and your family's health in the long run by keeping dangerous debris from your pipes and contaminated water. Unfortunately, plumbing problems can be hard to detect until it is too late—so you should be aware of common issues and how to prevent them.
This blog will provide maintenance tips to help you keep your plumbing system healthy and running smoothly.
Check Your Garbage Disposal Regularly
Garbage disposal clogs are one of the most common plumbing issues homeowners face. To avoid problems, make sure that you are disposing of only food waste (no large bones or fibrous vegetables) and run cold water while the garbage disposal is in use. Check your garbage disposal regularly for signs of a clog—such as an unpleasant smell or slow draining—and contact a plumber immediately if you suspect an issue.
Keep An Eye Out For Leaks
Leaks can cause severe damage if left unchecked for too long, so pay close attention to any signs of water damage around your sinks, toilets, showers, and other fixtures. Inspect any visible pipes for leaks regularly and watch for unexplained increases in your monthly water bills, as these may be indicators of hidden leaks in your plumbing system.
Clean Your Drains Regularly
If your drains start draining more slowly than usual, it could indicate a buildup of debris, such as soap scum or hair, blocking the pipes from functioning efficiently. To clear out any blockages and keep drains flowing freely, use a plunger or a special drain cleaner, like a drain snake, at least once every month or two, depending on how often you use the drain. Additionally, try not to pour grease down the drain, as this can increase the chances of clogging over time.
Inspect Your Sewer Line Periodically
Your sewer line plays an essential role in keeping your home's plumbing system functioning properly—but unfortunately, they don't always get the attention they deserve! Inspecting your sewer lines regularly for any potential issues, such as tree roots growing into the line or blockages caused by debris buildup over time, especially if you live in an older house, can help your plumbing last longer.
If you suspect an issue with your sewer line, contact a plumber immediately so they can inspect it before any further problems occur.
Replace Worn Fixtures
As fixtures age, they become less efficient and leak more frequently, leading to costly repairs if you don't check them. If you notice any dripping faucets or showerheads or if it has been more than five years since you last replaced them, consider replacing them with new fixtures sooner rather than later. This small investment now could save money on future repairs.
Check The Water Pressure
A sudden drop in water pressure could signal anything from blocked pipes to corroded valves—so it's important to check yours periodically. If everything looks normal, but you still seem to have low pressure, consider installing a water pressure regulator, which should help regulate fluctuations in pressure over time and help prevent future issues from occurring due to high pressures causing damage somewhere along the line.
Install A Water Softener
Hard water often contains minerals such as calcium carbonate, which can build up inside pipes over time, leading them to become blocked, resulting in poor performance overall. One way around this problem is by installing a water softener that helps remove these minerals from tap water and improve its quality while preventing buildup inside pipes, avoiding costly repairs further down the line.
Keep An Eye On Your Septic System
If You Have One Not everyone has access to municipal sewer systems, so many homes rely on septic tanks instead - but they need regular upkeep too! Every two years, ensure that you have someone come out and inspect it, including checking all connections and pump filters. Also, ensure that all wastewater flows away from plants, trees, and shrubs, as this could lead to contamination otherwise!
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