We don’t often think about the intricate maze of pipes that is our plumbing system until it’s too late and needs repairs. Residential plumbing systems can run smoothly for decades if the pipes are properly maintained. Simply taking a little time to check up on your plumbing system will prevent leaks, prolong its life, and save you money on expensive repairs. Follow these few tips to take care of the pipes in your house:
Prevent Clogs: The most important thing for your plumbing system is understanding what you can and can not wash down the drain. Avoid pouring grease, fatty liquids, and oils down the drain as they will clog and damage your pipes. Install screens over drains to keep food out of kitchen drains and hair out of shower drains.
Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners: If your pipes do become clogged, resist the urge to use harsh chemical drain cleaning products. While they might fix the clog, they often erode the metal and cause further damage. Chemical cleaners don’t clear the entire clog, resulting in the problem recurring and causing more harsh chemicals to go down the drain. A safe cleaner for clogged drains is white vinegar and hot water. A snake is also a handy tool to clear the drains yourself, but the best solution is to call your plumber.
Reduce water pressure: High water pressure can be nice when you’re taking a hot shower, but it puts a lot of stress on your pipes. High water pressure can reduce the lifespan on your pipes. Normal water pressure lies between 40 and 85 psi. If you have questions about your water pressure, consult your plumber.
Regularly check for/ repair leaks: It is very important to check all of your plumbing for any signs of leaking. Any moisture, mildew, mold or rust is a sign that water is leaking somewhere. Don’t forget about the commonly missed places including underneath sinks, around toilets, and even the plumbing outside of homes.
If you experience any plumbing issues, it is crucial to make repairs right away. Any delay could end up being very expensive. A small leak can become a big problem very quickly, and result in water damage to your home. Donofrio Mechanicals and Plumbing Masters Inc. prides itself on providing exemplary customer services. We take every measure to ensure you are satisfied with all your commercial and residential plumbing needs and will do whatever it takes to earn your business and remain lifelong clients. Avoid serious water damage; call an expert! At Donofrio Mechanicals and Plumbing Masters Inc., we’re here to help! Visit our website or call us at 855-296-8719 to schedule your appointment today.