It’s hard to imagine life without indoor plumbing in 2022. Many of us, particularly first-time homeowners, took plumbing for granted. First-time home ownership and the discovery of water pressure and slow drains made us realize how little we know.
The first time we encounter a clogged drain, we may dash to the store, grab a bottle of the most potent drain cleaning gel, and pour it down the drain in an attempt to avoid seeing the clog.m And we do so unaware that it may cause more harm than good. Instead of attempting a few quick fixes at the first sign of a malfunctioning garbage disposal, we might run to the nearest hardware store and search for how-to videos.
Being a homeowner is similar to being a parent in that we learn as we go along. We may waste a great deal of money, time, and effort unless we conduct research into proactive versus reactive measures. With that in mind, allow us to spare you a headache by providing five tips for preventing plumbing problems before they occur.
Clean your drains.
Alto’s Sewer Service suggests having a professional perform a sewer drain cleaning to remove any grease, hair, and/or other debris that could be causing a clog.
Fix your faucets.
One drip every two seconds from your faucet or shower head can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water annually. These small drips quickly become large leaks, which not only waste water but also skyrocket your water bill.
Check the water pressure.
If your water pressure is incorrect, it does not have to remain so! Inadequate water pressure can strain your pipes and be inconvenient. Professionals can help get your pressure back on track. (Did you know that cleaning your shower head can remove the mineral deposits that clog the holes, thereby improving your water pressure and prolonging the life of your water heater?)
Look under your sink.
Typically, a leak or crack can be detected when it is small and manageable. The most important aspect of resolving plumbing issues is locating and repairing them at an early stage. Large problems result in large leaks and extensive surrounding damage.
Other helpful ways to prevent plumbing issues include ensuring that only toilet paper and human waste are flushed down the toilet, having your system inspected if you have mature trees on your property, and checking for water leaks in your appliances.
Do you have any questions or concerns for our drain and plumbing specialists? Call us right away.