Most homeowners spend over $300 to hire a plumber.
To save money and potentially avoid a massive plumbing bill, it’s important to take some steps to prevent small problems from becoming large ones.
Fortunately, it’s easier than you may think to maintain your own pipes. In fact, we’ve gathered a list of 11 plumbing maintenance tips that will help you keep your plumbing in good repair. Keep reading to learn more!
Here are our top 11 tips that will help you keep your plumbing running as it should.
By writing down how often you’re going to do the other things on this list, there’s a much better chance that you’ll catch small problems before they get bigger.
Go ahead and get a notebook just for your plumbing and keep track of all your inspections and DIY-repairs.
Look under sinks for water stains and check every easily-accessible pipe at least once per week to catch a small leak before it turns into a major problem.
Clogged drains are easily preventable by regularly using vinegar and baking sodato remove anything that may be lurking just around the bend.
Do this once per month or any time you notice your drains moving slower than normal.
As sediment builds up in faucets and showerheads, it can prevent the proper flowing of water and lead to leaks in the system.
You can use a similar solution of vinegar and baking soda to regularly clean these to remove sediment.
Water heater repairs are among the most costly. To put them off for as long as possible, completely drain and clean out your water heater’s tank every six months.
As you check near pipes for signs of leaks, you also need to check the pipes themselves. If they show signs of wear and tear, it may be time to call for a professional inspection to ensure they’re in good working order.
Get a water pressure gauge to check water pressure throughout the house at least once per week. Make sure it’s at a safe level and not fluctuating abnormally which could be a sign of a problem.
If you have an ice maker in your freezer or any other appliance that attaches directly to the water line, it’s crucial to check those hoses often.
These hoses are often made of inferior materials and will become brittle and cracked over time.
It may seem strange, but you’ll also want to be looking at your yard to determine potential hidden problems. For example, unusually lush or low areas of your yard may indicate a sewage leak.
This sounds simple, but it makes a difference. The only things that should be going down your toilet are human waste and toilet paper.
“Flushable” cat litter and “flushable” wipes should NOT be entering the sewage system unless you want to pay for an expensive repair.
Avoid pouring acidic or reactive down your sink drains. These can damage your pipes and cause leaks.
Now you have 11 ways you can keep your pipes working as well as they did when they were first installed.
Despite following all of these plumbing maintenance tips, there will come a time when you need to call in a professional. If that day is today, book an appointment with us and we’ll be more than happy to take care of the problem for you!
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