The good news about most plumbing problems is that most are preventable. Plumbing problems can be a huge source for stress and headaches. Not to mention plumbing problems can lead to expensive repairs that can really add up, especially if neglected. The best measure of defense against plumbing problems is prevention. Here are some easy steps you can take to prevent plumbing problems.
#1 Watch What You Put Down the Drain
One of the best things you can do to prevent plumbing problems is to watch what you put down the drain. A
plumbing system is designed to bring clean water into the home and remove waste water away from the home. To protect the integrity of your plumbing system avoid putting anything down the drain that could potentially get stuck. Things like: trash, paper, plastic, hair, bones, large good particles, etc… should never go down the drain because they can get lodged further down the pipe somewhere and cause clog. You should also avoid putting grease and harmful chemical down the drain. Grease can harden and over time collect other debris, making a huge clog and a huge plumbing problem. Harmful chemicals on the other hand can cause actual damage to the pipes, not to mention are not safe for the environment. All chemicals should be disposed of properly. Putting screens over each drain is a good way to ensure things that don’t belong down the drain don’t make it down the drain.
#2 Routine Leak Detection
Routine leak detection is another easy step you can take to prevent plumbing problems. Leaks occur naturally over time from natural wear and tear and are one of the most common plumbing problems. To be proactive and prevent any major damage you should perform routine leak detection. Check under sinks, around faucets, around toilets, and around any exposed pipes. Also be on the lookout for any puddles and listen for any sounds of dripping or running water, as these can all be indications that there is leak. When attended to quickly a leak can cause minimal damage, but left unchecked over time a leak can not only get worse but cause more damage to the surrounding area. Not to mention water waste. Pay attention to you water bill as well, any unexplained jumps could be a sign of a water leak.
#3 Routine Drain Cleaning
Routing drain cleaning is another great preventative measure you can take to prevent plumbing problems. Over time
debris naturally buildup in your drains, especially in older homes. Routine drain cleaning is a great way to keep things moving. Sediment along with other debris can cause clogs and slow drainage. If you notice that your drains are not functioning as well as before it may be a sign that it is time to have your drains cleaned.