Managing a household isn’t always easy. When you own your home, you need to pay attention to your home’s plumbing system to avoid costly repairs and potential water damage. Knowing the 3 essentials of home plumbing helps you stay ahead of problems.
Residential plumbing systems are a maze of pipes, interior and exterior. For the most part, these pipes work without interruption. Sometimes things do go wrong though, and when they do, you need to take action right away.
Pipe repair isn’t something that people want to hear. Right away, dollar signs start to flash before your eyes. However, when leaks are fixed right away, whole-house pipe replacement isn’t something that you have to deal with. To keep the pipes healthy in your house, consider the following tips:
- Regularly check for leaks by inspecting exposed pipes connected to bathroom and kitchen sinks.
- Schedule annual electronic leak detection to locate small leaks that form under slab and in walls.
- Always hire licensed plumbers for any type of pipe repair. Poor installation causes numerous problems that could have been avoid if professionals were hired to do the job.
- Replace aging plumbing before serious leaks form.
Sewer Line Maintenance
Maintaining your property’s sewer line is your responsibility. You are responsible for the line that runs lateral from your property to the city connection at the easement. Failure to maintain your property’s sewer line puts your home and yard at risk for serious raw sewage flooding. It also puts your neighbors’ properties at risk.
There are few ways that homeowners maintain their lines. Check out the following tips:
- Be mindful about what you flush down the toilet. It doesn’t disappear. It goes into the sewer line and things that shouldn’t be flushed will stick around.
- Have regular sewer line inspection services that include camera inspections. These inspections check for problems that don’t often get noticed until a major problem develops.
- Clean the sewer line regularly with professional sewer cleaning services.
- Know the location of the sewer pipe so you stay alert to problems like sinkholes or wet spots developing alongside the line.
Keeping the drains inside the house clean is just as important as maintaining the sewer line. In fact, when interior drains are serviced regularly, sewer line problems tend to be non-existent. Homeowners who take care of their interior drains experience fewer backups, less instances of offensive odors, and rarely deal with raw sewage spillage.
Yearly hydro-jetting drain cleaning keeps interior pipes clean. Also consider monthly natural solutions to take care of tiny issues such as hair buildup in showers. Using a vinegar and baking soda mixture in your drains once a month keeps them cleaner.
Do you have hard water? Consider installing a water softener or whole-house filtration system. These systems condition or filter the water (depending on the system you choose) and prevent sediment from building up in pipes.
Taking care of your home’s plumbing system adds value to your home and prevents unnecessary pipe, sewer, or drain repair. Schedule an inspection with your local plumber to find out the state of your home plumbing system today.