Parts of Your Plumbing That Need Your Attention
Indoor plumbing is a modern convenience that many of us take for granted–or at least until something goes wrong. Good preventive care of your plumbing goes a long way toward preventing the messy, inconvenient, and expensive problems that can occur with your plumbing. Here are three parts of your plumbing that should be carefully monitored.
Sink, Shower, and Tub Drains
A slow drain isn’t just unsightly. It could also be a sign of a growing clog that could soon create a backup that damages your home and leads to big repairs. Good drain care is probably the single best investment you can make in your home’s plumbing. The time you take to keep drains working right will pay big dividends by preventing much bigger problems. Be careful about what you put down the drain, and have routine drain cleaning done to keep the buildup to a minimum.
Pipes to Plumbing Fixtures
The plumbing lines in your home are usually made of durable materials like copper or PEX. They are inside your walls where they aren’t exposed to impacts or wear. On the other hand, the flexible supply lines that extend from those pipes to your commodes, faucets, and other fixtures are subject to occasional leaks. Over time, sharp kinks in them can become cracks that drip their way to a big mess. If some of the pipework in your home is exposed, you may have the danger of bumping into them when mopping or putting items away depending where they are. Keep an eye out for even the smallest leaks in your pipes that will lead to a high water bill.
The Water Heater
Like many other plumbing fixtures in your house, water heaters just quietly do their thing and don’t draw much attention until something goes wrong. Every water heater will eventually live out its useful life and need replacement, but how that life ends depends a lot on your attention. During water outages, turn off the power or gas to your water heater. With no water in the tank to absorb the heat, the heating elements can quickly burn out. You should also be on the lookout for any leaks or strange sounds coming from the unit and watch out for any decrease in water temperature.
You might say an ounce of prevention is worth a gallon of cure when it comes to plumbing. Keep an eye out for those simple daily issues that can lead to big headaches later on and use a trusted plumbing partner for routine preventive maintenance for the more specialized upkeep. Your attention now can save you some big money tomorrow!
It is important you do not wait to fix any of these issues above that you notice in your home. For more urgent repairs you might need to make in your home, please see the accompanying guide below.
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