Plumbing problems can get annoying, and sadly they do happen often, to the point that you may find yourself tempted to just fix the issue yourself. However, in many cases it is best to let the pros handle the job. It makes more sense to pay for plumbing services even if you can find a DIY solution online.
But even if you’re not a plumbing expert you can still do some plumbing maintenance that can keep your plumbing system in tiptop shape. At the very least, you’ll be able to spot problems early on.
Here’s how you can practice proper plumbing maintenance to minimize your plumbing problems in the future:
It’s not enough to keep your kitchen spotless and clean. You should also check its plumbing system.
- Keep the kitchen drain clean. You can use a mild drain cleaner to break up the common accumulation of debris in the drain. You can even use a homemade drain cleaner.
- Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for garbage disposal maintenance. Your garbage disposal unit is one of those items that can break down and spring a leak more easily.
- Be on the lookout for kitchen sink leaks. Your kitchen sink is a prime candidate for leaks because it’s used so often. Look for any kind of water damage in your faucet, sink strainers, and everything else that’s part of your kitchen sink.
This is another obvious place where plumbing problems can come up. But you can prevent some problems from coming up with proper maintenance.
- Fix the leaks in your showers and bathroom faucets. Not only are the sounds of dripping faucets and showerheads frustratingly annoying, but also they can waste gallons of water in the long run. In addition, these leaks can cause water damage that can cost more in plumbing repairs.
- If you have slow drains, clear them. When water drains slowly in your bathroom sink and bathtub, that’s because they’ve accumulated a large amount of debris that’s blocking the passage of the water. So clear the debris every few months or when the drain becomes slow.
- Fix your running toilets. A running toilet can waste a huge amount of water, and this is often because some of the moving parts of a toilet have started to break down. You can get a handyman to replace the worn down parts, and often these replacement parts are easy to find and very inexpensive. Replacing these parts isn’t complicated either.
- Remove your faucet aerator and clean it regularly. You’ll especially need to do this if the faucet spray has become irregular or the water pressure becomes weak. These problems are often caused by calcium build-up inside the aerator, so you can just clean them right off.
Sewer and Septic System
A sewer backup and a stoppage in your main line are serious plumbing problems that you should avoid if you can. However, you can reduce the chances of such problems with regular maintenance.
- For proper sewer main maintenance, you should constantly check for sewer drain clog so you’re able to stop a fill stoppage. You also may want to schedule sewer main snaking as part of your regular maintenance.
- You should also have your septic system professionally inspected on a regular basis. An inspection can tell you when it’s time for septic tank pumping.
Prevention is better than cure, and that’s especially true for your plumbing system. Problems with plumbing can be frustrating and even disruptive, but with proper maintenance you can at least prevent some problems from coming up in the first place.