General Plumbing Maintenance Tips
Your plumbing system requires careful maintenance to prolong its lifespan, maintain efficiency, prevent breakdowns, and ensure its safety. Most maintenance services require professionals. Below are some general tips for plumbing maintenance.
Professional maintenance of your plumbing system is necessary, even if nothing is wrong with your plumbing system. Below are some of the tasks your plumbing contractor will do during the maintenance:
- Water pressure check
- Water leak check
- Safety checks (for example, the contractor will check the condition of the water heater's pressure release valve)
Schedule plumbing maintenance so that you don't forget about it and risk plumbing malfunctions. Your plumbing system's age and usage determine maintenance frequency. The type of plumbing appliances and materials also matter. Talk to your plumbing contractor for a customized maintenance schedule.
Keep Drains Clear
Drain blockages are common causes of plumbing problems. For example, blocked drainages increase the risk of burst pipes and leakages (that can cause water damage), pest infestation, and mold infestation, among other problems.
Keeping your drains clear will go a long way in preventing problems. You can keep drains clear by regularly flushing them with hot water, not flushing unnecessary things down the toilet, and using a drain stopper. You should also intervene the moment you notice slow drains.
Maintain Safe Water Pressure
High water pressure wastes water and increases the risk of fixture and pipe damage. Such damages can cause water leaks or burst pipes. The best way to maintain safe water pressure is to adjust the main water valve (usually near the water meter) to read the right pressure.
You can also use a water pressure regulator to maintain safe water pressure. Water pressure meters, which are relatively affordable, can help you measure your water pressure without involving a professional. However, a plumber can help you install a pressure regulator if you don't have one.
Prevent Freezing During Winter
Lastly, you should keep your plumbing pipes from freezing during cold temperatures. Frozen pipes can burst because water expands when it freezes. Burst pipes risk water damage to your house, among other problems.
Measures to prevent pipe freezes include:
- Set the right heating temperature even if the house is vacant
- Let water drip or trickle from faucets
- Open kitchen and cabinet doors to allow warm air circulation
Install a moisture sensor or detector to alert you in case of water leaks.
Consider your ability, safety, and time when choosing between DIY and professional maintenance. Involve a professional whenever you lack the required know-how, time, or tools to handle a maintenance project.
Contact a local plumber to learn more.