We all know the importance of good plumbing, and how inconvenient it is when something goes wrong. Learning basic knowledge on the do’s and don’ts can help ward off potential repairs that could be easily avoided, reduce the price of your utility bill, and ensure a long life for your household fixtures and appliances. You have the power to prevent costly and time-consuming issues by implementing some of the tips and tricks listed below.
- Water Heater Maintenance – Have someone periodically check your water heater will ensure that it’s properly working at top performance. Having this checked will also give you the peace of mind that your heater doesn’t have any underlying issues you might be missing that could lead to bigger issues down the road.
- Investigating Water Pressure Issues – One of the worst things you can possibly do is ignore water pressure problems if they’re noticed. Defects in your water pressure can become disastrous rather quickly. Having a professional investigate the issue allows for a quick less costly outcome, and a resolution before the issue spirals into a serious problem.
- Look for Dripping – Large puddles in unusual places are obvious signs of a leak, but in most cases, the dripping isn’t as obvious. A loose valve or a cracked pipe can cause condensation to build up, and then bacteria and mold can begin growing in these spots. Having a professional come check out the problem can help you avoid damaged drywall or carpeting.
- Avoid Liquid Drain Cleaners – These types of common cleaners will actually lubricate the drains rather than clear them, which as you can imagine causes more issues than you started with. Also, because they are generated by a chemical reaction, they can cause damage to the pipe itself. It’s better to just call a professional to come take care of your clogged drains.
- Don’t Flush Foreign Objects – I saved this one for last. It may seem like an obvious point, but it’s something that both residential and commercial buildings have the most problems with. Toilets are only made to handle human waste matter and toilet paper. Feminine products, cigarettes, hair and even those wonderful “flushable” wipes can clog not only your toilet, but a main sewer line.
I hope these useful tips will help you cut down your plumbing costs, but also help prevent some unnecessary issues. It’s easy to extend the life of your appliances and save money by being attentive, knowing when to call for professional help, and ensuring everyone in your household is educated on the necessary actions for problem-free use.