Maintaining Your Plumbing System
When it comes to the plumbing in your home, drain pipes can clog, and valves and fittings can develop leaks. Small leaks usually grow and can cause major water damage in your home.
Fixing leaks right away and keeping an eye and ear out for them is critical. Here are some tips for plumbing maintenance that will help you to avoid a costly plumbing repair.
Clean Your Drains
You can clean your drains in your sinks and tub by simply running hot water and then pouring a handful of baking soda down each of them. Let the hot water run for a few minutes and then repeat the steps. This helps remove grease and sediments that buildup over time in your pipes. You may want to do this a couple of times a year to avoid clogged pipes and drains.
Visually inspecting for leaks regularly is important. You can do this by checking under sinks and around toilets. Look for signs of moisture and leaks, rust (red or brown) or lime deposits (white) which are early signs of trouble brewing. Taking care of minor leaks early will prevent more costly repairs later.
Inspect around your toilet carefully looking for cracks in the toilet, especially where it is bolted to the floor. Even a hairline crack can mean a leak is developing. Look around the inlet pipes and water lines, and on the tank bottom as well.
Fix That Drip
Drippy faucets, leaky shower heads, and toilet flush valves that operate poorly should be changed or fixed. This will save you money on your water bill, and will prevent water damage in your home.
Taking a few minutes every once in a while to do some easy plumbing maintenance will allow you to catch a potential problem before it turns into a disaster.
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