Be Proactive with Your Plumbing
It’s easy to forget how much we depend on plumbing in our daily life. The web of pipes and water units inside our home, while resilient, can cause some serious problems and damage overtime if not properly maintained.
Protect your pipes, your home, and your wallet by being proactive with your plumbing.
What Units to Regularly Check
The most effective and proactive way to ensure your plumbing stays problem-free and functional is to check these six plumbing units in your home regularly:
With so many internal components, there are a lot of small things that can go wrong. From the float ball, handle chain, and tank plug to a leaky tank or faulty seal—one malfunctioning component can result in a lot of water and money waste.
Be proactive by regularly checking your toilets for leaks and running water—taking a look at the internal components at the first sign of malfunction. If something seems off, it’s time to call a plumber.
- Sinks and Drains
Remember, what you put down your drain can’t always go out. Keeping your drains clear will minimize your chances of clogs and pipe damage. If, however, you find yourself with a clogged drain that just won’t clear, it’s important to seek professional assistance right away. Slow draining pipes may be an indication of a larger issue, and ignoring a clog may lead to pipe damage.
Additionally, regularly check for leaks under your sink that can cause water damage to your home and seek a plumber at the first sign.
- Water Heater
It takes a lot of work to warm up the water for those showers. Be kind to your water heater and make sure to drain it once a year for optimal function and proactive plumbing. Keeping the unit clear of buildup with ensure efficient heating and minimize your likelihood of costly damages down the road. Learn more about water heater maintenance here.
- Plumbing Lines
Do you have an old house? There’s a good chance your plumbing system is weak and corroded. Replacing your old plumbing lines will keep your home safe from damages and expensive fixes down the line. Additionally, installing a water softener will keep your plumbing lines free of buildup that causes deterioration.
For regular maintenance and upkeep, make sure to treat your sewer lines with care, flushing only toilet paper down the toilet and environmentally-friendly soaps down the sink. For more information on taking care of your sewer line, click here.
- Water Softener
While water softeners are relatively low-maintenance, it’s important to regularly check your unit to ensure water going through the plumbing system has been treated for harmful minerals, as any piping or appliances in the system are susceptible to mineral buildup.
Make sure to avoid salt bridges and sale mushing and be selective with your salt choice.
To reduce the chances of water damage, keep the plumbing lines to and from your washer clean. A clean water line results in better water flow to the machine and a faster filling time.
For proactive maintenance, opt for running the washing machine only when it is a full load, inspect the hoses for signs of wear, and replace rubber hoses with more resilient stainless steel braided hoses. Similarly, check any exposed pipes under sinks for signs of leaks. At the first sign of a leak or malfunction, contact a plumber immediately to remedy the issue quickly.
Notice a Plumbing Problem? Be Proactive!
Regularly checking your plumbing fixtures and seeking professional help at the first sign of a problem is a proactive way to keep your plumbing in tip-top shape.
Contact Moon Valley Plumbing with any questions or concerns regarding your plumbing. Being proactive will ensure a healthy, functioning system for years to come.