Pointers for Preventing Plumbing ProblemsAugust 21, 2019
Leaky faucets, clogged drains and sinks, and low water pressure are among the few of many plumbing issues every homeowner must reluctantly face. Although some plumbing problems can easily be addressed, many require extensive repairs and replacements which won’t only be expensive but can very much disrupt one’s daily routine. That said, it’s best for any homeowner to practice these preventive maintenance routines:
Annual Inspection and Maintenance
One of the most common mistakes of homeowners is having a “responsive” mindset, in which they’d only call a professional plumber and/or perform the inspection if they notice any problems starting to manifest. Even if everything seems to be working fine, it’s still quite recommended to do a cursory inspection of your entire plumbing system and equipment once a year (and maybe more frequently for older homes).
Check for Leaks
One of the first things you should check are leaks (or evidence of them) as they can eventually worsen and cause a lot of damage to your home and appliances, and not just waste hundreds of gallons of water or cause low water pressure issues. So, take a walk around your house and watch out for any puddles, moisture, and water spots. You should also be wary of any mold or mildew on the walls, floorboards, and ceilings as they indicate leaks which may either be from your plumbing system or due to rainwater seeping in.
Low water pressure is the bane of any homeowner, imagine washing dishes or showering to get ready for work when water pressure suddenly drops or just stops altogether. That said, you should inspect your water pressure and ensure that it should be between 40-80psi. Some homes have water tanks and pumps that facilitate in ensuring good water pressure throughout the house, so these water tanks and pumps should also be part of your inspection routine.
Corrosion and Deterioration
It may be harder for one to inspect pipes in certain homes, especially those who have in-wall plumbing. That said, when checking for corrosion, focus on exposed and visible plumbing pipes for rust and scale. Corrosion and deterioration can cause leaks and water pressure issues and may need extensive and costly repairs. This can be minimized by using better quality plumbing pipes, as well as using water softeners that remove harmful minerals that don’t only build-up and cause deterioration and corrosion but can also clog shower-heads and faucets. That said, you may also want to consider inspecting your water softener, or call your water softener supplier in Salt Lake City for repair and maintenance service.
From shower heaters to tank/tankless water heaters, almost every home in the US is equipped with a water heater. And who doesn’t love a soothing hot shower? So, to ensure that you continue enjoying your hot water privileges, you should safely inspect your water heater for leaks and damages. It’s best to have a professional inspect and maintain your water heaters as they can be dangerous for the untrained homeowner.
Drains and Sink
Always keep your drains clear from anything that may potentially cause clogging or even pipe damage. Avoid pouring down oil, grease, and fat after cooking into your sink and dispose of them separately as these can solidify down the drain and can be difficult and expensive to remove. Practice regular drain and sink cleaning in order to prevent any inconvenient clogging incidents along the way.
No homeowner wants to deal with plumbing issues, and more so in dealing with or paying for plumbing repairs. So take these preventive maintenance tips in mind and schedule your annual (or bi-annual) plumbing inspection as soon as you can to ensure that your plumbing system lasts and continues to function properly.