plumbing problems, you don’t always need a plumbing company to come to your rescue. There are plenty of steps you can take to avoid facing these issues altogether and it starts with having some familiarity with the five plumbing tips that everyone should know. If you know what to do (and more important in some cases, what NOT to do) with anything related to your plumbing, you can avoid malfunctions and other disasters that come about when pipes are neglected or damaged unintentionally, essential components are left unchecked, or you are lacking common knowledge about the basics of your plumbing. Plumbing deals with the movement of water and when something goes wrong, you can be left without a working shower or a bad leak that could lead to major water damage. Let’s review these five plumbing tips that are critical for maintaining your system:
1. Inspect Your Pipes
Doing this at least once a year can help you avoid water pressure problems that might develop when you least expect. A good rule of thumb for identifying a potential issue lies with your water pressure. If you determine that your pressure is weaker than usual, you could be facing some kind of leak in the pipes or the material with which the pipes were manufactured may be shrinking.
2. Locate Your Shut-Off Valves
You must know where the main shut-off valves are located in or around your home. Know where the drains are located and find out how best to access the sewer line. Having this knowledge will allow you perform required maintenance when necessary. If you live in an apartment complex, it’s possible that each unit will not have an exclusive shut-off valve.
3. Check for Leaks in The Spring
As pipes expand and contract, they can begin to break down. This could lead to your pipes starting to crack or become compromised in ways that can result in leaking water. The problem is you may not know a leak is happening for days, even months. That can leave you vulnerable to extended water damage. These vulnerabilities can come about in the winter months and leaks that have emerged might not be leaking due to having been iced over. But that ice will thaw when the temperatures get warmer.
4. Servicing Your Sump Pump
When your home’s sump pump isn’t working properly, that increases your risk of the home being flooded because the pump is not draining effectively. So be sure to service it annually, if repairs are needed you can diagnose them earlier than later, helping you avoid costly repairs or replacement costs.
5. Don’t Clog Your Drains
Some things just shouldn’t be spilled down the drain of your sink. We’re talking about coffee grounds, grease, rice, food clippings, and various debris that can end up in your pipes and clog them up. Knowing what shouldn’t end up down the drain will help you avoid having to get the drain cleaner or plunger to unclog the pipes in your kitchen.