One of the most important aspects of a home is the plumbing system. Because it is an integral part of your home and is linked to almost every area via the kitchen and bathroom, you should maintain your plumbing to the highest standard possible. An older home might benefit most from plumbing replacement as part of a stunning renovation project by a firm like Advantage Contracting. Still, for the most part, you can maintain your plumbing and prevent problems from occurring.
Check for Leaks
A telltale sign of plumbing problems is leaking. This is more noticeable when coming from a tap, but your pipes may also be leaking. Additionally, your toilet might continuously run. If you have any of these problems, you might need to call a plumber to fix any leaks. Depending on the severity of the issue, this will be cheap or expensive.
Keep an Eye on Water Pressure
If you suspect a problem with your plumbing system, then check your water pressure. This can be viewed on your boiler, and it will let you know via a meter. Low water pressure can stop your heating system from working properly and prevent water from running. To fix this, you can try turning the valves on your boiler. If this doesn’t work, then there is a more significant issue in play such as a burst water main, so check with your water supplier.
Drainage can be a common problem in some homes, especially those with a septic tank. Unfortunately, drainage issues can also plague your gutters. Gutters should be cleared out monthly and always after a storm or long periods of rainfall. In addition, your septic tank will cause unsanitary conditions if not maintained and should be cleaned by a professional every 1 to 3 years depending on the type.
Clean Out Pipes
Like drainage, your household pipes also need to be adequately maintained. If not, water will back up, a terrible odor will arise, and washing machines won’t drain their water, potentially causing a flood. Fortunately, cleaning out pipes is easy. Off the shelf, products can be used by simply pouring down the drains. Washing machine tablets and shower caps will also help prevent blockages.
Ditch the Garbage Disposal
While garbage disposals are specialized machines, they are commonly misused and are frequently blocked. As a result, people end up stuffing way too much in them, and it’s easier to just put your stuff in the trash. They are also challenging to maintain and, as such, will trap food that, when it rots, causes a foul odor in the home.
Don’t Clog the Pipes
Another common mistreatment of plumbing is clogging the pipes and drains with materials that aren’t supposed to be there. For example, feminine hygiene products, diapers, and even certain cleansing cloths contain microplastics and quickly clog up the pipes if flushed down the toilet. Essentially, you should only put toilet paper in there as it is specifically designed to degrade in water.
Occasionally Hire a Professional
Of course, you can only go so far in maintaining your own plumbing. So every now and then, it is best to get some professional help. A certified plumber can inspect your drains and pipes and help prevent minor issues from becoming significant problems. If all is well and you maintain your plumbing as best you can, it is unlikely a critical situation will be found, unless the plumbing system is very old.