Home Improvement

Published on December 1st, 2019 | by admin


Helpful Plumbing Maintenance Tips

When you have a broken pipe, a clogged toilet and faucet leaks or your water heater is running cold, you should call a plumber to handle these issues for you. However, it’s important to understand these plumbing issues so you can maintain your plumbing system until the plumber arrives. 

There are several steps you can take for proper plumbing maintenance. First, you should understand all the components of your water system. Your water system includes all the appliances and items that use water in your home. This includes the sinks in the kitchen and bathroom, the appliances in the laundry/utility room and your appliances, such as the garbage disposal, showers, water heater and refrigerator. You should maintain all of these regularly to keep plumbing problems from getting out of hand. 

Here are a few preventative tips to keep in mind:

Be sure you fix any leaking shower heads and faucets as soon as you notice the leak. Dripping faucets waste a considerable amount of water and can increase your water bill. If you don’t repair the drip in the early stages, the problem will get worse with time. Check all your faucets regularly for leaks and make repairs as you see them. You should also check the handles to ensure there are no drips when the handles are in the off position. Be sure to check under your sinks as well for drips or water stains while the water is running. 

You should also unclog any slow drains in your home, when your water drains slowly, this could be a sign of a happy wheels demo problem. Before this issue becomes a plumbing emergency, you can make a mix of hot water and vinegar and flush this solution down the drain to unclog all debris in the drain. You should do this every few months to make sure your drain is flowing properly. 

Check all your exposed pipes and appliances to leaks. Your refrigerator, water heater and garbage disposal could be the source of your leak. Make sure you look at the requirements from the manufacturer to find out how to maintain your appliances. Be on the lookout for signs of a leak like water stains on the ceilings and walls and look for puddles of water. You should also look for mildew. It’s a good job to install a drip tray underneath your water heater and washing machine to limit damage if a leak occurs. 

It’s also important for you to fix leaking toilets. At times, a malfunctioning seal around the valve seat can make your toilet run even when the toilet isn’t flushed. Over time, gunk will develop around the flapper and valve seat. The gunk will prevent the flapper from sealing correctly, and this will make the water continue to run. The tank stopper or handle could also make the toilet run. Maintaining the toilet and checking it often for issues can keep your toilet from leaking or overflowing. 

You should also check your water pressure to ensure your plumbing system is working well. If you see any issues that you can’t fix on your own, be sure to call your local plumber right away for a service estimate and to make an appointment. 


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