Preventative Steps To Avoid A Plumbing Spanner On Your Rural Property

As peaceful as homestead life can be, living in a rural property also poses certain problems. This is especially true for priorities like your plumbing which, as well as being more at risk of issues like old pipes and adverse weather, can be a lot harder to fix if things go wrong. After all, if a plumber can’t reach your property in bad weather, one leaky pipe could leave your homestead underwater! By taking preventative steps, you can avoid that eventuality. But, what preventative steps should you actually aim to take if you want to avoid a spanner in the plumbing works of your rural property?

# 1 – Understand Your Plumbing System

Plumbing systems in rural properties aren’t always straightforward, especially if your property isn’t connected to traditional plumbing. Luckily this is becoming rarer, but truly rural properties may still require septic tanks for wastewater disposal.

It’s vital to understand the plumbing system in place upfront when buying a rural property. This is because septic tanks require regular inspection and emptying every three to five years to avoid contamination of the environment and drinking water sources.

Even with traditional plumbing, understanding things like the age of your property’s pipes and the setup used is key for everything from understanding necessary upgrades to maintenance planning and beyond. 

Plumbing pipes

# 2 – Get Into a Regular Maintenance Schedule

In a rural property, you can’t afford plumbing mishaps. This is especially true during adverse weather but, whatever the climate, a plumber will naturally take longer to reach you in an emergency. As such, regardless of the type of plumbing you’re dealing with, maintenance is key to keeping things on track. As mentioned, with a septic tank, this includes regular inspections and emptying. 

Maintenance measures for traditional plumbing may also include drain cleaning, addressing small leaks, or water heater maintenance. You could carry out some of these checks yourself, but it’s also worth seeking maintenance from a plumbing professional at least once a year. That way, you can be far more certain that your hot water won’t let you down during a cold snap, or that your pipes aren’t at risk of suddenly flooding your house before a plumber could reasonably reach you.

# 3 – Put Protections in Place

Maintenance is the best plumbing protection possible, but precautions can also help, especially if you’re preparing for bad weather in your rural home. Most obviously, you should always take steps to avoid frozen pipes by insulating even outdoor piping where possible.It’s also important to leave the heating on during cold weather, and open cabinets with pipes in them, like those under your sinks, to encourage air circulation. 

Other preventative measures that can help you to avoid frozen or burst pipes include leaving your faucets dripping during cold weather, and making sure to close and drain any outdoor faucets throughout the winter months. 

You can’t avoid every plumbing mishap in your rural property, but you can protect your plumbing in every possible way using these top tips. 

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