Maintenance Tips to Prevent a Plumbing Disaster
Even small plumbing problems can cause hundreds of dollars in damage, both to your CA plumbing system and to your home. A plumbing disaster could result in thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, such as ruining your wood floors, requiring the replacement of drywall or sheetrock, replacing appliances, and much more. If your plumbing problems cause mold and mildew to spread, you could be dealing with a costly cleanup, as well as safety threats to your family and pets.
Taking some preventive maintenance measures can help you keep your system healthy and ensure that these disasters don’t occur – or at least keep the chance of them happening very, very low. Here are a few things you can do to help prevent a plumbing disaster in your home:
Clogs are not inevitable. You can prevent them by putting screens or strainers on your drains and catching any food or hair that might go down. Clean these traps regularly, and pull out any debris that you can from the drain. Make it a habit to throw food, hair, and other debris in the trash and not the sink or the shower.
When you do get a clog, avoid using a chemical drain cleaner. These harsh cleansers are sometimes effective, but they also do great damage to your plumbing. The chemicals can erode your pipes, causing them to weaken over time and eventually fail. If you get a clog, call a plumber to snake the drain instead. Don’t let the clog sit or you’ll put pressure on the pipes that can weaken them, as well.
Get a Water Softener
Well water often has mineral deposits, and not all city water is well-maintained to keep minerals at an appropriate level. You should have your water tested, and if you have hard water – with deposits like iron, calcium, or lime – you should get a water softener. Options include sodium and electronic softeners, and both work to counteract the effects of those minerals in your water.
With no water softener, the minerals will build up inside your Chula Vista plumbing, causing clogs and disrupting your water pressure. That will put pressure on the pipes, causing them to weaken and fail. Some minerals can even erode the pipes over time. Don’t let that happen! Get a water softener and save yourself a lot of trouble (and enjoy fresher laundry at the same time).
Check the Water Pressure
If your water pressure is consistently too high, it put a big strain on your plumbing system. Eventually, your connections can loosen or your pipes can fail. You can end up with a small leak or major water damage.
Have your water pressure checked regularly to ensure that it’s where it’s supposed to be. Make any adjustments that are necessary for the health of the system, regardless of whether you are personally enjoying the water pressure level.
Fix Leaks Immediately
Small leaks and drips might seem like a nuisance, but one that you can put off dealing with until a better time or until you have more money. However, small leaks and drips can turn into huge problems. They can put strain on your plumbing, causing a major failure that will lead to much more damage and much more costly repairs.
Save yourself the trouble and just get the leak fixed as soon as you notice it. You’ll spend less money, and you’ll lengthen the life of your plumbing.
Clean the Septic
Your septic tank and sewer lines do an important job – even if it’s one you don’t want to think about. If your septic tank or sewer lines get backed up or fail, you are going to end up with a smelly, dirty mess. Make sure you are getting your septic tank pumped every three to five years, and get your sewer lines snaked, as well. You’ll ensure that everything is working smoothly and prevent some nasty disasters later.
Don’t Let Pipes Freeze
Water expands when it freezes, and plumbing lines don’t offer much place to go. If your pipes freeze, they are liable to burst. You can prevent them from freezing by insulating the pipes or insulating the rooms where they are, such as your attic, basement, or garage. You can also keep your lines from freezing by maintaining a minimum temperature in your home (at least 55 degrees) and by letting your faucets drip during cold spells.
Maintaining your plumbing system near Chula Vista is not time-consuming or expensive, but it can help you save a lot of money and trouble for yourself later. Take these steps to keep your plumbing system healthy and to prevent any disasters down the line.
If you do have a plumbing disaster, you can call Integrity Repipe for pipe repair or whole-house repiping. You may have had a problem with your plumbing because your system is old or is no longer serving your home. You may need new pipes or a different type of piping to keep your home happy and functioning. Call us today to talk with a repiping plumber or to schedule a consultation to learn about your repiping options.
Published by – Integrity Repipe Inc
Integrity Repipe Inc – Aliso Viejo, CA
27068 La Paz Rd #771
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656