Let's face it. No one likes huge, unexpected repair bills. And, as a homeowner, there always seems to be one lurking around the corner. While we are here to help in those situations, we also like to help you prevent them from happening in the first place! We have gathered up some DIY plumbing tips to help prevent the most common issues we get calls for.
Most common plumbing issues
- Grease buildup - result of food waste.
- Clogged drain - result of hair or "flushable" wipes buildup.
- Leaking water heater - result of age or water quality.
- Burst pipes - result of weather.
If you take some preventative measures, you can prolong the life of your plumbing AND avoid a call to a plumber. Here are some of those plumbing tips to get you started:
Preventative plumbing tips
- To prevent grease buildup, use a container to catch your cooking grease. An added bonus to this tip, is that it is environmentally friendly as well. If you have forgotten to use this tip, and have grease buildup, we recommend the use of BioClean. It is environmentally safe and effective at eating away buildup.
- Clogged drains can be prevented by using a screen in the drain. These can be found in the plumbing section of any hardware store. Because the screen fits snugly into the drain space in a bowl-like manner, debris is captured. It can then be lifted out to be disposed of properly. The finer the mesh, the more hair will be caught. And please, please, PLEASE do not flush any of those wipes that are being marketed as "flushable" - they are NOT!
- To avoid a leaking water heater, the unit should be inspected every three years. The water heater needs to be turned off, the pressure relieved, drained a little, and the anode rod taken out. The anode rod should be inspected for wear. If the rod shows tremendous wear, it needs to be replaced. Otherwise, the minerals of the water will begin to eat away at the inside of your water heater tank. This is what will cause it to leak, and cause you a much bigger expense.
- One of the easiest plumbing tips to prevent burst pipes is to prepare for winter. Be sure to disconnect hoses from your outside spigot. Insulate any exposed piping. To keep cold air from freezing pipes, caulk any holes or cracks in your foundation or walls. If a pipe does become frozen, it must be thawed SLOWLY. A hairdryer is usually sufficient.
Unsure? Not enough time?
If you aren't sure how to proceed with some of these DIY plumbing tips, or simply don't have the time in your schedule, we can help. Our customers have enjoyed a preventative plumbing service we offer called "System Checks."
Our technicians can run through your plumbing system and address any concerns with you. They are also prepared to make any necessary repairs at that time.