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Preventive Measures for Your Home’s Plumbing System

A lot comes with maintaining a home. Doing so takes time, money, and effort. But you don’t always have to deal with them. You may not be free from them forever, but you can take measures to delay them or lessen the amount of time you have to deal with problems with parts of your home.

How can you do them?
The first order of business should be using quality materials for your home’s plumbing system. Using materials known to last long against rust, leaks, and other forms of damage will significantly lessen the maintenance work you’ll need to do. Another thing is to do ample research and learn how to do the most basic plumbing maintenance work.  As this guide will tell you more about the measures you can take to make your plumbing last longer in working condition, you’d need to have some working knowledge.

If you’ve already gathered the tools and the time to do plumbing maintenance work, here’s a list of things you can do to make your plumbing system free from issues:

 

1. Take immediate action against leaks.
If you spot a leak, you should immediately fix it. Letting it be longer would result in bigger damage, and the spot where the leak is can be filled with water and potentially damage some of your home’s items.
Apart from the damage, you also risk increasing your home’s water consumption, and you’ll end up paying more than you usually do. To prevent them from happening and affecting your interior and bills, you should frequently check your faucets for leaks and repair whatever you find as soon as possible.

2. Unclog your drains.
Noticing that your shower or sink is not draining as quickly as it should mean that you have a clogged drain. The usual culprit is strands of hair. You can scoop the hairs out with a stick for a quick fix, but the best course of action is to remove the strainer and flush the clogs down or get them.

3. Check exposed pipes.
You can do this by checking your surfaces, such as your wall and your floor, for water stains. Water stains can come from leaky pipes and can tell you a lot about the state of your home’s plumbing system.
You should also watch for leak signs in your ceiling. It can be a leaky pipe, or your home has a roofing issue. Better to get it checked by a professional because you don’t want to risk injuring yourself of breaking anything as you climb up your roof to inspect.

4. Check your water heater.
To prevent problems with heating your water-especially during winter-you’d want to check in on your home’s water heating system. This is best done before the winter even comes in so that you can enjoy warm baths. A problem with under performing water heaters can be caused by your water softening system needing repair or replacement. Make sure you get this sorted out as soon as you can.

5. Check your toilet for leaks.
If your water bill is unusually high, you should check your toilet’s valve seat for a faulty seal. A faulty valve seal can cause your toilet to use water even when you’re not flushing. You can easily spot this problem by regularly observing the water flow in your toilet before and after using it. If you find an issue, make sure you address it as soon as possible. The repair requirements aren’t expensive and won’t take a lot of time.

6. Be careful of what you flush down.
A big issue with toilets and drains is that they don’t pick what they get flushed down. This part requires you to be careful of what you flush down to prevent issues with your plumbing.
If you live with children, make sure you don’t let them bring toys into the bathroom because they might fight the toilet, an appealing place to store their toys.

7. Check water pressure.
Water pressure is the strength-or lack thereof-of the water that comes out of your faucets and shower heads. You can measure your water pressure levels using a pressure gauge to know if you’re using safe water pressure levels.  Another thing that can affect your water pressure can be sediments blocking the exit of your water supply. You can do this yourself by removing your faucet and shower heads and cleaning them up.

8. Regularly inspect your septic tank.
If you have a septic tank at home, you should consistently get it checked by a professional for rusting, leaks, or clogging. It’s a crucial part of your plumbing system that can cause a messy problem if left untreated.

With this information, you can ensure that your plumbing system won’t experience any issues that can disrupt your life at home.

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