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How to Avoid Plumbing Catastrophes

Woman calling a plumber service to fix drain pipe blockage.The plumbing system within your home is vast and complex, connecting a number of different appliances via yards of pipes. It’s one of those systems that you rely on daily, but probably don’t think very much about.

As such, it can be hard to keep in good shape! However, there are a number of things you can do to ensure that your plumbing system serves you as best as it can for the years to come. Read on for some tips from our professional Fairfax, VA plumbers on how to take great care of your plumbing system, and ultimately reduce your risk of facing a plumbing catastrophe.

Schedule Routine Preventive Maintenance

Many problems that affect plumbing systems don’t give off any warning signs when they’ve just begun. In fact, much of the time, homeowners don’t even realize that their systems are experiencing a problem until they notice damage that the problem is causing. Of course, in an ideal situation you’ll stop the plumbing issue long before it can cause significant damage. The best way to do this is with preventive maintenance.

Annual plumbing maintenance enables our professionals to closely examine each part of your plumbing system that may be susceptible to various problems. Video pipe inspection, for instance, is used to check the inside of your pipes, isolate any leaks or blockages that might exist, and repair them before they have a chance to get any worse. If you stay on top of scheduling these maintenance sessions, you should be able to effectively cut down on your plumbing repair costs, and extend the effective lifespan of your plumbing system!

Call for Repairs as Needed

One of the goals of maintenance is to find potential repair needs. Perhaps it’s a repair need that you don’t have time to wait for at that moment. That’s fine, as long as you get those repairs on your schedule right away. Maintenance is extremely helpful, but if you have a growing clog or a pipe that is corroding, delaying repair needs could set you back.

And repair needs can crop up between maintenance sessions, too. There are usually outward signs of plumbing problems, such as:

  • A Drop in Water Pressure: Unless your community is doing some work on the pipes that you’re aware of, it’s not a good sign if you start to experience drops in water pressure. Steadily decreasing water pressure could be due to the buildup of limescale, or a leak. A sudden drop in water pressure can be far more serious, however—potentially the result of a major pipe rupture.
  • Unnaturally High Water Bills: It’s important that you keep an eye on your monthly water bills, and take notice if they begin to rise for no clear reason. It may be that water is leaving the plumbing system even if you are not using any plumbing appliances at the time.

Whether you know you have a repair need, suspect something is amiss, or haven’t scheduled maintenance in well over a year, it’s best to call in a professional plumber. We can assess and resolve your problem in a timely manner so you can get back to enjoying your home to its fullest potential.

For expert plumbing services, contact AllTech Services, Inc. today!

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