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5 Ways to help prevent plumbing nightmares.

How to Prevent Plumbing Nightmares

Your home plumbing is important, but you probably don't pay much attention to your pipes and plumbing system unless something goes wrong. When you follow a plumbing maintenance checklist, you can be better prepared for potential problems in the future. If you are asking yourself, "How does plumbing work?" You are not alone. Most homeowners only have a minimal understanding about pipes or drain maintenance, and few people look at a plumbing checklist each season. When you want to protect your property from plumbing nightmares, the following plumbing tips will help you get started.

  • Check for leaks regularly
    It's important to check for leaks on a regular basis. Take the time to check all your faucet handles, look below sinks and check around your toilet to look for water that shouldn't be there. Check appliances such as your dishwasher to ensure that it's not leaking. Look for leaks from toilet flappers, and make sure that all valves are working correctly. It's easy to fix leaky hoses or outdoor valves, but if you don't know there's a leak it can cost you hundreds of dollars. Prevent damage to your home and excessive water waste by looking around the interior and exterior of your home at least once a month to check for any leaks.
  • Focus on preventing clogged drains
    If you are throwing more than toilet paper and human waste down your toilets, you are making a big mistake. Putting anything down a toilet that isn't supposed to be there can build up and cause a clog. The same goes for your sinks and your garbage disposal. Use discretion when putting any food items down your garbage disposal. While you may think that your disposal can handle all food remnants, highly fibrous foods can cause problems. In addition, avoid putting cooking grease or fats down your drain. Once the fat cools, this can cause a significant clog in your drain. If you have a clog that you’re not able to fix, call for professional help. Regular plumbing maintenance is important to ensure you aren't creating bigger problems.
  • Understand problems with water pressure
    If your water pressure drops dramatically while washing dishes or taking a shower, it's time to investigate further. You may have a system plumbing problem that needs to be addressed right away by a plumber. A main water leak can cause a decrease in pressure, and this is a true plumbing emergency. If the low pressure is only in a faucet or shower head, clean the aerators. Sediment can build up, causing a small blockage in the aerator. You can also try using a pressure gauge to measure your water pressure. If you can't identify the cause of the problem, you'll need to call for help to make sure the problem doesn't get worse.
  • Perform seasonal plumbing checklists
    Each season brings on new challenges for your home plumbing. As you prepare for the summer, get ready for more water consumption. During the winter months, make sure that you protect outdoor fixtures and plumbing from the cold weather. If you allow the pipes system in your home to freeze at night in the cold weather, you can have a pipe burst, making a big mess in your home. Stay ahead of the changes each season by preparing your plumbing system for each one.
  • Get inspections when necessary
    Even when you are a talented do-it-yourself kind of person, there are some plumbing issues you shouldn't handle. There are some plumbing tasks that only a plumber should take care of. If you have a major leak and can't find the source, turn off your main water line and call for help. Take the time to find a plumber you can trust. When you observe problems with your plumbing system, it's time to talk with a professional plumber. When you find a plumber you can trust, you will have an individual who can diagnose any potential problems you may have. When you get a plumbing inspection, you will have the peace of mind you need for you and your family.

Need help with plumbing issues?

When you take the time to go through a plumbing maintenance checklist, you will have less headaches in the future. Many plumbing nightmares can be prevented with some careful planning and inspection. The small efforts you make now will help your plumbing system run more efficiently. If you neglect your drains and pipes, you can end up with a much bigger problem on your hands. If you are concerned about the plumbing in your home or you are looking to get an inspection to ensure the safety of your system, it's time to contact Petro Home Services plumbing experts at 888.735.5651 to see how we can help you avoid plumbing nightmares.