Regular maintenance on the plumbing systems throughout your home is the number one way to avoid major plumbing catastrophes. The first step involved in preventative maintenance is to have a basic understanding of the overall plumbing system, including how water enters, travels, and exits. Water is used in almost every room of your home – kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms, and laundry rooms.
Plumbing systems include more than just sinks and drains, appliances such as your refrigerator, dishwashers, washers, water heaters, sump pumps and more are all parts of the system on a whole. Proper maintenance on these individual units and the plumbing system on a whole will help prevent plumbing problems in your home from getting out of hand.
Preventative Maintenance Tips from the Plumbers at Horton Plumbing and Remodeling
- Fix leaks in faucets and showerheads when you first notice them occurring. Not only do dripping faucets waste water and increase your water bill, the drip will continue to get worse overtime. When fixing leaks in your faucets, our local plumbers will check the function of your faucet handles and the plumbing system underneath your sink to ensure your system is running properly.
- Unclog blocked and slow running drains. When a drain is not functioning as you would expect, there is always an underlying issue that should be resolved. Although many over the counter products say they are safe for use in your homes drain line systems, the plumbers at Horton do not recommend the use of any drain cleaning These products contain harsh chemicals that will eat away at your homes drain system. Our plumbers offer several solutions for blocked or slow draining systems including hand held auguring, electric drain cabling, and hydro jetting.
- Perform regular checks on appliances, supply lines, and exposed pipes to check for water leaks. Garbage disposals, refrigerator supply lines, and water heaters are often offenders when it comes to small leaks. Catching leaks when they are small and easily fixed can help prevent bigger problems such as mold & mildew, drywall water stains, corrosion, and warped flooring.
- Repair toilet leaks commonly found at the base, supply lines, or connection between the base and tank. When performing maintenance checks on toilets, don’t forget to take a look at those in bathrooms that are not frequently used. Not only does gunk build up creating a barrier that prevent proper seals from forming but also over time seals where out or become dry rotted causing small leaks to occur. These repairs are often inexpensive and quick.
- Watch what you are flushing down your drains. Not all products that say they are flushable or safe for plumbing systems are in fact safe; actually many are the exact opposite. To prevent clocks and blockages avoid flushing “flushable” wipes, sanitary products, paper towel, grease, diapers, or food products. Advise: do not flush anything other than toilet paper and human waste and avoid pouring anything (even “safe” cleaners) down drain lines.
- Keep records of the water pressure of faucets and showerheads. The water pressure will tell you the force at which water is exiting your plumbing systems. If you notice a decline in water pressure you will want to take a closer look at certain systems in your home.
- Showerheads can retain sediment that decreases the water pressure. Shower heads can be removed and thoroughly cleaned to remove build up which can help increase water pressure.
- Drain the water out of your water heater to remove residual sediment build up. If allowed to build up, the water heater will become less and less effective at rejuvenating decreasing the amount of usable hot water per session.
- Sewer systems should be inspected thoroughly using camera video inspection technology to review the overall condition of the line. Tree roots are often the culprit of extensive sewer damage. If you know that you have a tree root problem it is advisable to have older clay pipes with more modern plastic pipes. If this is not an option, regular maintenance cabling (snaking, roto rootering) is advised quarterly.
By performing regular preventive maintenance on your plumbing, you can help avoid major plumbing issues from occurring. When small issues are resolved before they become real problems you are saving yourself the headache of larger problems later. Small leaks and gurgling pipes can quickly lead to water damage, insurance claims, and the headaches that brings with it.
The plumbers at Horton Plumbing and Remodeling are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to service your plumbing needs, from minor plumbing maintenance to major plumbing system repairs, you can trust Horton. Call today (734) 455-3332.