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Plumbing Maintenance Tips For Your Home

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Unobtrusive and constant, it’s easy to take your plumbing system for granted. Until something goes wrong, that is…

Fortunately, taking care of your plumbing system isn’t difficult. With a few extra steps in your routine, you can prevent many plumbing problems along with frequent inspections, you can identify plumbing issues before they become a nuisance. Since you use your plumbing system every day, it makes sense to have some daily maintenance routines in place. Incorporating simple steps into your family’s routine goes a long way to ensuring your plumbing system is well looked after.

Use these 6 plumbing maintenance tips to look after your home’s plumbing system and avoid inconvenient plumbing problems.

1. Run Water After Using The Disposal

One of the easiest steps to add to your routine is to keep the water running for around 20 seconds after using the disposal. This helps to flush food particles through the disposal and helps keep the inner parts clean and functional.

2. Clean Your Shower Heads

The water in your home contains several minerals, including copper, calcium, magnesium, and sodium. Over time, these minerals can collect in your shower heads and form mineral deposits. This buildup prevents water from flowing freely and eventually will stop the flow entirely.

If you notice that water isn’t coming through every hole in your shower head, it’s time to give it a clean! Unscrew the shower head and let it sit in vinegar for around 24 hours. If there are still signs of a mineral buildup, it may be time to replace the shower head.

3. Inspect Water-using Appliances

Water-using appliances might not feel like they’re directly part of your plumbing system, but they can leak! Every month, if you are able to access them, check your washing machine and dishwasher for cracked, bulging, or worn hoses. If you see any damage, contact a plumber to replace them to prevent major leaks in the future.

4. Maintain Your Water Heater

The minerals in your home’s water can also accumulate in your water heater, these sediments can collect at the bottom of your water heater. A buildup of sediment can cause the heater to rust and corrode, which reduces its efficiency and shortens its lifespan. A clear sign of this water heater problem is a loud banging noise.

5. Inspect For Leaks

Leaking faucets and running toilets aren’t the most pressing of issues, but they can drastically increase your water bill if ignored. Fixing them is simple and can save you money.

Here is how you can check for leaks throughout your home:

  • Inspect exposed pipes at least every two weeks for signs of damage such as rusting, warping, corroding, drops of water, water marks, mold formation, or a musty smell.
  • When you turn on a faucet, water should not come out of the handle or valves.
  • Every time you close a faucet, check to see that it stops dripping after a few seconds.
  • Every few months, place several drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. Let it sit for 30 minutes (without flushing) and then check your toilet bowl. If there’s any color in the bowl, your toilet is running.

If you know how to identify the early signs of leaking pipes, you can get them fixed before the problem becomes a major issue.

6. Make Use Of Drain Covers

Food and grease can cause major blockages in your kitchen sink. Install mesh drain covers to protect your pipes from the majority of troublesome debris.

Similarly, using mesh drain covers in your bathroom sink, bath, and shower can prevent a buildup of hair, soap, and other body care products. This prevents the need for regular drain snaking and keeps your plumbing system in great condition.

Plumbing Maintenance Doesn’t Have to Be a Pain

Looking after your plumbing system keeps your pipes unclogged, can prevent extensive repairs, and reduce your water bill. What’s not to like? With some simple adjustments to your routine and some mindfulness, your everyday plumbing maintenance won’t be a hassle.

If you’ve noticed a leak in your home, or have any other plumbing concerns, be sure to contact a professional plumbing company like Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric. With years of experience with routine maintenance, emergency repairs, and expert installations, we’re here for all of your plumbing needs.


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