Unless you face a problem in plumbing due to clogs, sewer backup, or broken pipe, you probably don’t think too much about your home’s plumbing. However, regularly checking and maintaining the plumbing system will keep you free from sudden damages and increases the lifespan of the plumbing system. Keeping the pipes free from blockages and making sure that there are no leaks from anywhere is just awesome!
Here are a few tips that will help keep your plumbing in tip-top shape.
Watch Your Drains
A slow or completely clogged drain is one of the most common plumbing problems. This is due to hair, food scraps, grease, or other grungies that shouldn’t have been going down the drain, to begin with. It's good to use a strainer over your kitchen drainer, a hair trap in the shower, and collect cooking grease, fat, and oil.
Look for Leaks
A slow unnoticed leak causes extensive water damage. Check pipes underneath the sink, in the garage, at the hot water heater, washing machine, dishwasher, around the garden hoses, etc for any signs of leaks. If found any replace it immediately.
Maintain Your Water Heater
A leaky water heater can cause potential damage to your garage or closet floor. To minimize the sediment that leads to water heater failure, drain out a gallon or two of water from the appliance regularly.
Check the Water Pressure
The water pressure must be between 40 and 85 psi, more than that will create too much strain on pipes, faucets, and fittings, and increase the chances of a leak or a burst pipe.
Avoid chemicals in your drains
Instead of using chemicals to clear the clog, pour ½ cup of salt and ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a pot boiling hot water. If the clog doesn't go down, wait for 10 minutes and repeat the process.
The two things that should be flushed down a toilet are human waste and toilet paper. No other things. If you put any other waste then will lead to costly repairs in the future.
Know Where Your Shutoff Valves Are
Do you know where your shutoff valves are? In case of emergency, you must know where it is and shut off the valve. For instance, if you're on vacation then you may want to shut off your water to avoid damage.
A few simple steps can help you prevent major trouble. Follow it and keep your plumbing in tip-top shape.