Home plumbing systems are a huge investment and account for a significant amount of the total value of your home. Regular inspection and upkeep of your plumbing system ensure it runs smoothly and efficiently. It guarantees clean and fresh water throughout your house and effective waste disposal.
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Frequent maintenance of your plumbing system helps you save on water, discover any defects in due time, reduce the cost of eventual repairs when there is a major issue and extends its performance lifespan. The following are vital tips to take into account when maintaining your plumbing system and we will discuss the implications of these practices.
Look for and repair leaks
Leaks from dripping taps may eventually cause severe damage to your systems and lead to mildew buildup. They also waste water and increase your water bill. Inspect your toilet for leaks and make sure it is not running when it has not been flushed. Regular upkeep prevents terrible and expensive problems.
Get rid of clogs
Fix clogged drains by using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, then flush them down the drain with hot water before they cause a major problem. Doing this keeps the drainage flowing effectively and reduces the chances of clogs and blockage. Also, examine your sink and shower drains for slow drainage.
Clean your shower head
Clogs in the showerhead may be caused by mineral sediments and other small deposits, which cause it to be less effective or block the showerhead entirely. To clean them up, remove then dip them in vinegar to get rid of the mineral deposits. Their water pressure will be improved and they will become more effective as intended.
Beware of what your disposal drain can handle
Always be careful of what you flush and let down the drain. Most kitchen disposal systems do not work well with oily substances, eggshells and any other waste. Use toilet drains for tissues and human waste only. Make sure you also use drainage friendly cleaners to prevent any damage to your plumbing systems.
Brace yourself for the seasons
During winter and cooler seasons, disconnect pipes and shut off valves. You should also examine the state of all the pipes around the house and make sure they are properly insulated. Insulating pipes prevents them from freezing and bursting in extreme conditions. Checking for leaks and cleaning sprinkler heads are some of the upkeep checks to be carried out during warmer seasons.
Inspect your water heater
Over time, mineral deposits may pile up in your water heater, making it less effective and cause it to rust. It is advisable to flush it annually or semi-annually to maintain its optimal performance. In addition to that, change the anode rod of the water heater periodically to increase its lifespan.
Schedule regular inspections
You should have every section of your plumbing system checked regularly. Schedule regular appointments with your plumber to maintain your plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Also, use a plumber’s snake in your sewer lines every two years to keep your drainage free from debris that may cause blockages.