The plumbing system that moves throughout your house is a complex network of pipes and fixtures that distribute water for everything from bathing to cooking and laundry. Our lives are very busy, and it’s easy to forget how important the plumbing system is until something goes wrong.
In order to avoid a plumbing issue in your home, it’s important to provide regular maintenance that:
- Ensures your plumbing is working properly
- Helps conserve water usage and saves you money
- Inspecting pipes for any possible issues
How to Maintain Your Plumbing System
1. Check for Leaks
The smallest leaks can lead to you paying a much higher water bill. Regularly look for signs of a leak around your home, particularly around your dishwasher, water heater, refrigerator, and washing machine. The most common leaks are usually connected to one of these appliances.
Next, check your water pressure. A home’s water pressure is usually between 40 to 50 psi. Low water pressure or a sudden increase in pressure is a sign of a possible leak. If you suspect you have a leak but are unable to find it, call a professional right away.
2. Be Mindful of Your Drains and Toilets
Excessive amounts of waste in your drains can lead to major clogging and damage. Using a simple mesh drain cover can help prevent these issues.
For a toilet, be sure to only use toilet paper as it is specifically designed for flushing. Other items should be disposed of in the trash, and be wary of using items that are labeled as flushable.
3. Insulate Your Pipes and Look for Corrosion
Homes that are in regions with generally warmer climates are just as at risk of having burst pipes as ones in colder climates.
Pipes in unheated areas like the basement, attic, and crawl space are most at risk. Ensure that your pipes are properly insulated. If you discover they are not, there are affordable sleeves at any major home improvement store.
It’s rare for a pipe to suddenly burst. This sort of damage is the result of an issue that has been building over time. Keep an eye out for signs of corrosion or weak points.
4. Know Where the Water Shut-off Is
Even the most vigilant homeowner may not be able to catch a problem before it happens. If one day there is water damage, it’s critical to know how to shut off your water at the source. Depending on where you live, the water meter and shut-off valve is either located inside near the foundation or outside near a faucet.
If a toilet is overflowing or leaking, you can also shut off the water by turning the valve that’s located at the base behind the toilet.
By its very nature, owning a home can feel like a job, and regular plumbing maintenance might be overwhelming. Having a professional provide routine check-ups and maintenance is the best way homeowners can ensure the safety of their homes without the stress and hassle.
If you’re in need of a professional to inspect your plumbing system, please contact our team at Corporate Mechanical of New England. Our staff is excited to bring you peace of mind!