This season is often a bustle of activity. Something about the warmth and the sight of new buds forming inspires us to finally get to all the points we might have been neglecting from our to-do list. In addition to dusting and re-sorting, don’t forget other preventive maintenance tasks, like looking after your pipes. While complex tasks are better left to a professional plumber, below are a few you can do on your own.
Why Routine Upkeep Matters
Some homeowners don’t give their plumbing system the attention it deserves until a problem arises. Leaks and broken pipes can cause flooding in your home or lead to hazardous mold and mildew growth from moisture build up. Widespread clogging can cause waste to back up in the drains, sinks, and toilets—creating an unsanitary and inconvenient situation. However, with a bit of detective work, you can spot minor issues early and prevent them from turning into extensive, expensive repairs.
How to Maintain Your Plumbing
Many of the problems that occur in the kitchen are the result of what’s put down the drain. Avoid pouring grease down the sink, where it can solidify and congeal, and forgo throwing leafy greens, animal bones, and coffee grounds down the garbage disposal. If you do notice the sink draining slower than normal, use baking soda and vinegar or a plunger instead of chemical drain cleaners, which can harm your plumbing. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, or if you notice a severe leak coming from your pipes or dishwasher, you’ll need to rely on a plumber.
Put drain catchers or guards over the shower and sink drains to stop hair, soap scum, and small objects like cotton balls, floss, and Q-tips from going down the pipes. Additionally, pay attention to any problems you have flushing the toilet since worn parts can cause it to work inefficiently, which wastes water.
Water heaters have a life span of approximately 15 years, after which they are prone to rust and corrosion. Therefore, if you hear rumbling noises, notice discolored water coming out of the hot side of your tap, or spot a puddle surrounding your unit, call a plumber to replace it.
This spring, ensure your plumbing is operating smoothly with a routine inspection from Shur-Flow Services. Serving clients across Texarkana, TX, and nearby areas, their team of licensed plumbers delivers a full range of services—from repairing leaking pipes to drain cleaning. Call (903) 306-1043 to schedule emergency plumbing repairs or visit their website for special offers.