Plumbing tends to be an afterthought until you have a clogged toilet or another occurrence that derails your day and prevents you from using your water. Our plumbing might not always be front of mind, but without it, we couldn’t enjoy showers, laundry, and doing the dishes (maybe we wouldn’t mind the last two). That being said, your plumbing is an essential part of your household, but it requires care and education to enhance the longevity and functionality of your plumbing. Here is a list of ways you can protect your plumbing from mishaps.
Teach Your Family About Plumbing
Not everything can be flushed, and it’s important to teach your family about what can go into the toilet and what can’t. Beyond toilet paper, it’s important not to place plastic, q-tips, toys, feminine products, or other non-toilet paper items into the toilet. This can clog your toilet and cause a host of problems.
The same could be said about your kitchen sink, and bathroom drains. Keeping them free from clogs is important, and things like bacon grease and coffee grounds can create massive problems for your plumbing.
Insulate Your Pipes
Cold weather can cause your pipes to freeze and crack especially if they are copper. The freezing and cracking of your pipes can create a busted water pipe which can cause severe water damage to your home and a hefty bill. Try adding insulation sleeves or hire our team to help. Before insulating, it’s important to know what kind of pipes you have i.e, copper, plastic because some have better built-in insulation than others.
Drain Your Water Heater
Sediment builds up in your water heater tank over time and can cause issues with the functionality of your water heater. To avoid this mishap, regularly draining your water heater can keep everything running smoothly. However, it can be unsafe to drain a water heater by yourself, so hiring a professional plumber to help, even during a maintenance visit, is a smart option.
Going away for a while? Don’t forget to protect your pipes. One option is to shut off your home’s main water supply. This can prevent accidental flooding or water leaks while you are enjoying your vacation. That would not be something fun to come home to. We also advise shutting off your water heater if the main water supply has been shut off. This will prevent the water heater from overheating.
Plumbing is an important part of your everyday life, and it does require some care and maintenance. Whether you are facing an emergency or just need routine maintenance, we are proud to offer expert plumbing services for all of your needs. We can service water heaters, install water softeners, handle plumbing emergencies, installations, and more. Check out our latest services, and don’t forget to schedule your next maintenance visit soon.