Plumbing Maintenance 101
Unfortunately, plumbing emergencies tend to happen at the most inconvenient time, either when you’re having company, away on vacation, or have so much on your plate already. But you can save yourself from these headaches and prevent plumbing issues from derailing your daily life with preventative maintenance.
Smart homeowners are proactive and perform preventative maintenance annually to protect their most valuable asset. Here are some key areas to address…
Finding and Fixing Leaks
Most homeowners understand the real value of having your plumbing system properly maintained after it is too late. When a plumbing disaster occurs in your home, it can cause significant damage — usually leading to costly repairs. Brushing off small plumbing problems can snowball quickly, so it’s best to inspect your equipment annually and tackle any plumbing issues right away.
If you notice a leak anywhere in your system, whether your sink faucet dripping or water coming from the ceiling, it should be addressed immediately. Not only do leaks waste gallons of water over time (costing you to the tune of up to $500 per year), but they can cause dangerous water damage that is cumbersome and expensive to fix (floors, foundation, walls, etc).
If you see the signs of a leak but can’t pinpoint where it’s coming from, contact our leak detection experts at Plumbing & A/C Medic today.
Drain & Sewer Care
Sometimes, prevention is more about what you don’t do rather than what you do. This is certainly the case with your drains. Don’t put food items, paper products, oil, and grease down your drains. This will prevent many drain problems in the near and long term.
Don’t use harsh chemical drain cleaners (you know the name-brands). These can actually erode your plumbing over time. You CAN periodically flush out your drains using baking soda and vinegar or boiling water. This will clear small debris that may be collected. Add some lemon juice for a fresh scent! Call a licensed pro if odor or clogs persist.
Don’t flush hygiene products (feminine, q-tips, cotton balls, etc.) — they should go in the trash. And unfortunately, wipes labeled ‘flushable’ are really not great for your plumbing. They can still cause clogs with long-term use.
Annual maintenance is a good idea for your drains and sewer too. Annual professional cleaning with a special bio-enzyme and drain line inspection will keep your drains flowing smoothly and catch any minor problems before they grow (think roots!) into disasters.
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