How to Properly Maintain Your Home’s Plumbing System
Most of us take that unseen network of pipes for granted, but it’s only when something goes wrong that we realise how important our plumbing system really is. If you don’t want your plumbing system to wreak havoc on your household – or if you simply want your plumbing system to be as efficient as can be and to last as long as it can – there are some simple things you can do. Here’s how to properly maintain your home’s plumbing system.
Avoid using too many chemical products
For many homes, the most common issue when it comes to plumbing is clogged drains. And when it comes to blocked drains, we often solve the issue with the use of chemicals. But too much use of these chemical products can cause erosion in drainpipes, particularly if you have drainpipes made from cast iron.
The problem with chemical drain-cleaning products is that they don’t really remove the source of the problem or the clog, and the problem can easily recur. Your best option would be to ask a plumber to snake the clogged drain instead, so the cause of the problem can be completely removed.
Keep it clean
Another way to extend the lifespan of your plumbing system is to keep it clean and be mindful of what goes down the drains. This means being careful with food rests and making sure that other residue such as hair is kept out of the drains in your bathroom. For best results, install or place screens over your tub or shower drains, and even if you have a disposal system, dispose of bigger food rests in the rubbish first. Liquid grease such should not be poured down the drain – instead, keep it in a container and place it in the rubbish bin after the grease solidifies.
Be mindful of water pressure
Yes, there’s nothing like having a great shower after a long, tiring day – but you should also be mindful of the water pressure on your pipes. Try not to turn your taps to full blast, since the increased water pressure can put stress on your pipes and increase the chance of a leak. Too much water pressure forces your piping’s joints, valves, and taps to work harder.
If you do all the above things, you can benefit from a more efficient plumbing system – one which not only works well but can also last for a longer time. And if, by any chance, you need work on your plumbing system, be it a leak, a blocked drain, or burst piping, make sure to find a good plumber. On the Internet, type ‘find a plumber near me’ so you can locate the best plumbers in your specific area. Make a list of prospective plumbers and give them a ring, and don’t forget to ask relevant questions regarding their experience, qualifications, and pricing.