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Important Plumbing Maintenance Tips for You

November 24, 2023

As a homeowner, it's very important to maintain your plumbing system well. You need to ensure that the plumbing system is working properly and there are no faulty components that could cause issues later and potentially create problems in your life.

The plumbing system is a complex matter as it involves pipes and appliances. Even though we use the plumbing system for bathing, cooking, laundry, and other tasks, we often don't think much about its maintenance until it malfunctions and disrupts our daily activities.

Reasons why plumbing maintenance is crucial:

If you maintain and care for your plumbing system consistently, you'll be able to keep it in good condition for a longer period. Critical plumbing repairs can indeed be costly unless they're covered by a good home warranty plan. Fortunately, maintaining plumbing isn't a difficult matter, at least when you aim to prevent common problems like leaks, clogs, or broken pipes.

Here we are going to give you some common tips to avoid costly plumbing repairs:

1.     See if there's any leak:

Do you know that even a small leak can waste a lot of water and increase your water bills? That's why making leak checks a regular habit is important for you.

A leaky faucet wastes nearly 8 gallons of water in a day. Toilet leaks can waste almost 200 gallons of water in a day. Appliances like your home's garbage disposal, refrigerator, water heater, and washing machine can also incur damage from leaks, leading to potentially costly repair bills.

If you experience inconsistent water pressure, whether it's too high or too low, the likely cause behind it could be a leak. If you suspect there's a leak but can't pinpoint its exact location, don't delay; have a plumber check it out. Undetected leaks can lead to structural damage, attract pests, and cause dampness in your home.

2.     Clear slow-moving drains:

Usually, a buildup of soap foam and hair causes your drains to slow down. Before your drains completely clog, you can take some simple steps. It's advisable to remove and clean the stopper every few days. Create a mixture of baking soda and vinegar; it works wonders in cleaning and unclogging slow drains. If that doesn't work, it means there's a blockage within the drain, and for that, it's necessary to seek professional plumbing help.

3. Your toilet is not a trash bin:

Toilets and plumbing systems are meant for human waste. Flushing anything else, even if labeled as flushable, can lead to clogs and harm pipes.

Even materials like facial tissue and paper towels, resembling toilet paper, can create persistent clogs since they don't easily disintegrate upon contact with water. Feminine hygiene products, diapers, wipes, and similar items should be disposed of in a trash can instead.

4.     Monitor What You Put into Your Drainage

Usually, our home's drains are narrow and can quickly get clogged if you don't watch what goes into them. Things like hair, soap, food particles, and grease can clog your drains and prevent water from passing through properly. Flushing excessive toilet paper isn't advisable either as it can also lead to clogs in your home's drains. A great way to avoid clogged drains is to use a good drain cover.

If the plumbing system malfunctions, it doesn't just disrupt your daily activities but repairing it can also be a costly affair. In such cases, a ServicePlus Home Warranty plan can be the best help. Our home warranty plans cover your entire plumbing system at the most reasonable price.