Basic Plumbing Maintenance Tips

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Just like your home’s HVAC system, your plumbing requires preventative maintenance from time to time in order to expand the lifespan of your pipes and fixtures, and help you avoid large, expensive repairs down the road.

Be careful about what goes down the drain

Don’t put anything down the drain that doesn’t belong there as debris can lead to clogs that can cause pipes to crack or break over time. In the kitchen, think twice before putting any stringy, fibrous foods or cooking grease down the drain, even if you have hot water on. In the bathroom, be careful what you flush down the toilet and consider installing screens over shower or tub drains so that hair or soap scum doesn’t clog them.

Fix problems quickly

A leaking faucet isn’t just annoying; it can cause serious moisture and mold problems in your home if it’s not fixed in a timely manner. Similarly, an old, inefficient toilet can backup easily and run all the time, leading to headaches and expensive bills. If you notice a problem with your home’s plumbing, it’s best to get it fixed as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Reduce the water pressure

High water pressure causes your fixtures and pipes to work harder than necessary which can drastically reduce the lifespan of your plumbing. Be sure to test your water pressure regularly (you can do this with a water pressure gauge from the hardware store) and if it’s too high (above 80 PSI), you’ll want to have a professional install a water pressure regulator.

Soften the water

Have you ever noticed a white buildup on your shower head? It’s most likely a sign that you have hard, or mineral-heavy, water. Hard water can cause a build-up in your pipes which can lead to corrosion or cracks. The best way to combat this problem is to install a water softener.

Know where your main shutoff is

In case of an emergency, familiarize yourself with where the main water shutoff valve is located. This could mean the difference between minor water damage and major flooding.

Professional drain cleaning and maintenance

If you notice your sinks, tubs or toilets are draining slowly or clogging frequently, it may be time for a professional drain cleaning, which can prevent costly services in the future. Additionally, be sure regularly schedule maintenance appointments to have your plumbing inspected for issues.

Whether you need all new plumbing in a new construction project or just need your current plumbing inspected, call the experts at Crown Group Ohio to schedule an appointment.