Lack of hot water, leaking pipes and a blocked drain is no joke for a busy household, and are problems that can become quite costly in terms of repairs and replacements. Prevention is always better than a cure in the long run, so what are some of the things that you could be doing to protect your home plumbing system and prolong its shelf life?
Make sure that you book in your plumbing and hot water system for an annual service – you automatically do this for your car so why not your household plumbing system? Getting a plumbing specialist in once a year to check the system out means that any small problems can be picked up a lot earlier and fixed before they cause bigger problems. Before the weather starts to turn cold, check that your hot water system is functioning well. Equipment that has been regularly serviced will perform a lot more efficiently, which gives you best value for money, and small repairs can be tackled at the same time.
Avoid excessive use of chemicals and drain cleaner products
Plumbers get called out to clear blocked drains and leaking pipes more than any other plumbing related emergencies. Tempting though it is to pour chemicals down a blocked drain to try to unclog it, these could lead to problems in the future. They may temporarily remove clogging but the overuse of chemicals can cause erosion problems, particularly in cast iron pipes. It is far better to use other products that are more environmentally friendly, as well as put into practice better rubbish disposal techniques and practices.
Improve rubbish disposal practices around the home
This means not pouring fat down the sink, as it will harden and clog up the system, and not letting unsuitable food scraps and other waste get into pipes by investing in plugs with a drainage screen, for example. If you have a patented rubbish disposal system installed in the kitchen, then follow the manufacturer’s instructions on what you can and cannot put into it.
Telling family members not to dispose of sanitary products down the toilet is highly encouraged, and if you do have small children, put a safety lock on the toilet seat so that toys or other articles don’t get flushed in and block up the plumbing system.
Keep an eye on drips and leaks
A dripping tap is obvious to spot and needs dealing with before it gets much worse. Your plumbing specialist will be able to check for other worn and old fixtures, so ensure you check that everything is working, from outside taps to indoor showers. A sudden drop in water pressure is often a good indication that something is not right with your home plumbing system. Provided your water utility company is not working on the water supply in the near vicinity, thus causing a drop in water pressure, a pressure drop at home could indicate a leak that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to maintain your home’s plumbing system. Just by following these handy hints and tips, you will be able to prolong the life of your system, saving you money in the long run.
If you would like any further advice or are in need of a plumber give Maesbury Plumbers a call on 8261 7044.