The plumbing system of your home is an expansive and complex network of appliances and fixtures, all linked up with yards of pipes. It’s one of those systems that you probably take for granted, but you definitely notice when something goes wrong with it, (Drain clog, anyone?)
There are, however, a variety of things you can do to ensure that your plumbing system serves you well for the years to come. Keep reading to learn more about how to keep your plumbing system in good condition for as long as possible.
Keep Up on Routine Maintenance
When you think of scheduling maintenance, you probably think about your vehicle, or maybe even your HVAC system. But your plumbing system needs maintenance, too! Many of the issues that affect plumbing systems do not give off warning signs early in their development. In fact most of the time, homeowners don’t notice problems until after they see the damage it has already caused. The best way to avoid this, however, is by scheduling preventive maintenance.
Annual maintenance sessions allow our professional plumbers to take a close look at each part of your plumbing system that could be susceptible to problems. We’ll use video pipe inspections to check the inside of your pipes and pinpoint any leaks or blockages, and recommend any repair needs (such as partial or whole-house repiping) if we deem it necessary. If you consistently schedule preventive plumbing maintenance, you’re much more likely to cut down on repair costs and extend the service life of your plumbing pipes.
Call for Repairs As Needed
As diligent as you are about maintenance, repair needs can still crop up between appointments. You may have to deal with some sort of problem such as a clog or an unexpected leak. We urge you, if this occurs, to call for repairs as soon as you can. The sooner you have repairs done, the better off your entire plumbing system will be.
You might be wondering, “How do I know if I need repairs?” There are a couple signs you can watch for:
- A Decline in Water Pressure: Unless your city is doing work on the pipes that you already know about, you should never expect or accept a decline in water pressure. Steadily declining water pressure may be due to a clog that’s building up or a leak, while sudden drops can be from a major pipe rupture. The latter is more urgent of course, but in either case you should call in a pro ASAP.
- Unusually High Water Bills: Keep a watch on your monthly water bills. Are they climbing with no explanation? It could mean that water is leaving the plumbing system, even if you’re not using any plumbing appliances or fixtures at the time. This signals you have a leak.
Avoid Corrosive Store-Bought Drain Cleaners
We get it—you have a drain clog and you know you can get rid of it with some cheap, store-bought liquid drain cleaner. The problem is, these solutions are no solution at all. They are corrosive, eating away at your pipes over time, and actually ineffective at thoroughly removing the clog or blockage.
The best thing to do, whether you suspect a plumbing problem or know you have a plumbing service need, is to get in touch with a pro.