Homeowners usually don’t think about the plumbing in their home until disaster strikes. A broken water heater, clogged drains, running toilet or flooded house are the most common plumbing issues reported by homeowners. It’s essential to take care of the plumbing in your home to ensure it has a long lifetime and requires minimal maintenance and repairs. There are a few things you can do to extend the lifetime of your plumbing system.
- Check for leaks – Water leaks are the number one cause of increases in your water bill. Unfortunately, leaks can go undetected for long periods of time because they are quite small and leak slowly. An excellent example of a small leak is a drip coming from a faucet. If you were to put a bucket under a leaky faucet to collect the water you would be surprised how many gallons of water is wasted in a 24 hour period. Once you find a leak get it fixed immediately. Sometimes it’s as easy as replacing a part and other times it could be a serious issue.
- Check for running water – The toilet is usually the culprit of running water. If you notice your toilet constantly runs there is an issue with the internal part of the toilet tank. You can inspect the issue further by carefully removing the toilet tank lid and placing it on a flat surface. Take a look in the tank to observe if you see any rusted, broken or malfunctioning parts. Fixing the issue immediately will save you money on your water bill and help extend the lifetime of the other working parts in the tank.
- Invest in a plunger– Clogged drains are a common issue in households across the United States. Most of the time a quick plunge will remove the clog, and all is well. Other times a serious issue could be to blame which requires a professional plumber.
- Prevent clogs – You can help prevent clogs by avoiding putting starchy, greasy or large object down the garbage disposal. You can also invest in drain catchers that easily collect hair preventing it from going down the drain.
Sometimes even when you try your best to prevent clogs, check for leaks, running water and more, there are still issues with your plumbing. Always consult with a professional for further assistance. If you need help with the plumbing in your home contact us today for an appointment.