Your plumbing system can last a long time but it requires maintenance to keep flowing freely and minimize problems. Before you get leaking faucets, broken pipes, clogged toilets, and water heater problems, there are some simple tasks you can do to take care of your plumbing.
5 Ways to Maintain Your Plumbing System
Clogs form because of accumulation of waste, debris, and dirt. Understanding what you should and should not pour down your drains is a great start to preventing clogs. Avoid pouring grease, oils, and fatty liquids down your drains because they congeal when cooled and can damage or clog your pipes. By installing screens over your drain openings, you can keep food scraps out of kitchen drains and keep hair out of bathtub and shower drains.
Clean your drains.
If you have a slow drain, this could be a clog waiting to happen. By regularly cleaning your drains, you can help reduce accumulation of waste, dirt, and debris. While there are many drain cleaners that you can get in the stores, using them too often can damage your system. A safe and simple homemade cleaner is white vinegar and hot water. Add baking soda down the drain beforehand for an added boost. Plunging can also help break up a clog but if you have a persistent clog that keeps on coming back or a severe clog, call your plumber.
Maintain your water heater.
Your water heater is an important part of your system and should be drained at least annually to increase its efficiency and lifespan. Check the water to verify you don’t have any flakes, rust, or unusual discoloration. For gas heaters, verify the flame of the water heater is a blue color and if you see a yellow color, make arrangements to clean the jets.
Look for leaks.
Perform a regular inspection of your plumbing to verify you don’t have leaks. Visually check all exposed piping, hoses, and nozzles that are connected to your plumbing appliances and fixtures. Also inspect your faucet handles, pipe valves, shower heads, toilet flappers, and pipe fittings to make sure they are not leaking. Open up cabinets to look at piping beneath sinks. Inspect behind and around the base of the toilet. Follow along the wall and ceiling where pipes run. Moisture, water, mildew, rust, and staining are all signs of a leak. Don’t forget to check your faucets outside and verify leaks with a water meter test.
Make repairs promptly.
If you have a running toilet or dripping faucet, don’t delay in fixing them. Although these might seem like minor problems, they can cause expensive damage to your plumbing. There could also be other underlying problems that could be putting pressure on your system and causing the leak. Additionally, updating your plumbing fixtures can help you save money on your utility bills and extend your system’s life. For example, newer, water-saving toilets flush easily and reduce clogging problems.
Problems with your plumbing system can cause serious damage to your home. Scheduling an inspection with High Priority Plumbing can help identify and reduce problems before they escalate. We can assist you with repairs and maintenance of your system to increase its longevity. To schedule an appointment, call us at 770.860.8110 in Atlanta or 912.373.7707 in Savannah.