Plumbing is one of the most important parts of your home that should be regularly maintained. Because water and pipes are used on a day to day basis, the wear and tear these channels experience happens much faster than other fixtures in the house. Plumbing is also one of the most overlooked things in the house, especially since you can’t see the state of your pipes until something springs a leak or if the toilet refuses to flush. In order to keep your home in working order without giving you a headache, remember these important tips.
Know Your Plumbing
If you had your home built, one of the most important things to remember is where your pipes and valves are. Even if you live in an apartment, you should know this, as well as how old your building and plumbing system is. Plumbing does not only include the sink, shower, and toilet. All the pipes, valves, devices that bring water to these fixtures and take waste away are all included in competent plumbing.
Diagnosing Your Pipes
A clogged sink or toilet is usually the most common problem plumbers are called in to repair, but these are only symptoms of a bigger problem. There might not be enough water supply or water pressure in the pipes that can be causing these problems. Plumbing is typically concentrated in the bathroom and the basement, because these are where water is most used and where most of human waste comes from. If you don’t ask your plumber to do regular maintenance, once a fixture is fixed, something else could break or start to leak soon after.
Most plumbers ask clients to have them over at least once every six months or even once a year to check over their homes’ plumbing systems. This involves looking over everything – the bathroom, yard, basement, kitchen, and other places where the pipes run. Think of it as your regular work-up at the doctor to check for high cholesterol or blood sugar levels.
Keep It Clean
One of the simplest ways to maintain your plumbing without calling a plumber is keeping everything clean. Completely clean your toilet and shower at least twice a month or more frequently depending on how often they are used. The bathroom and kitchen sinks should be cleaned every day after use to prevent any clogging. Always check if the water pressure from the shower and faucets are good, same goes for the water heater. Once you notice something is wrong, call a plumber and have them take a look.