Maintenance Your Pipes May Need
February 18, 2021
Many fixtures and devices in your home rely on properly functioning plumbing. You need to be aware of best practices to protect your plumbing fixtures that keep your home running smoothly.
Schedule routine maintenance with a trained plumber to help stay on top of fixtures such as:
- Sinks and Faucets
- Toilets, Bathtubs and Showers
- Water filtration Systems
- Washing Machines and Dishwasher Lines
- Water Heaters
Clean water and properly running systems are vital to creating a healthy home or workplace, check that your pipes are in good shape with properly maintained filtration. Hire a plumber you can trust to conduct any system repairs and perform any upgrades your home or workplace may need.
Good Systems Save Money
Preventative care and routine maintenance can save you money by reducing your water bill. It only takes 4,000 drips to fill a liter of water, which means the price of a leaky faucet can add up quick! Small leaks dripping only once an hour can lead to up to 34 gallons of water waste per year.
Routine Maintenance Prevents Mold and Unwanted Moisture
Water waste from leaks and busted pipes can cost you money and cause damages when left standing. Dampness in you walls or other household surfaces can quickly grow mold and pose a health risk to you and your family. If measures are not taken to sanitize your house quickly after mold starts growing, your whole house can become infected with mold spores. These spores are spread around through air conditioning and heating units causing mold to grow outside of the original source.
If left untreated, mold can begin to permeate wood and even grow fungi. Once penetrated by fungi, wood can become structurally damaged and harmful to your health. Cold like symptoms such as runny eyes and cough can be a sign of mold exposure. Individuals with respiratory health issues such as asthma are more susceptible to health issues due to mold and fungus pollution. A well-maintained plumbing system and air system can help keep excess moisture out of your home, protecting you from potential mold spores. If you feel mold may be growing in your home contact a mold removal professional to help.
Address Problems Before They Happen
Take small steps to keep your plumbing system in good shape and avoid emergency visits from a plumber. Many emergency plumbing visits are the result of clogged drains. A slow drain in the kitchen is usually a sign that food has gotten stuck in your drain or pipes. One way to prevent this from happening is to purchase a strainer that sits on top of your kitchen drain. One of these strainers can be purchased at any local grocery store and can catch food before it gets washed down your sink.
Another way to avoid clogged drains is to pour excess oil and grease into a container for disposal after cooking. Never pour oil or grease down your drains. Bathroom drains can also become slow due to build up, typically hair build up. You can avoid hair clogging your drain by purchasing an inexpensive drain stopper for your bathtub or shower. If used properly a simple drain stopper can save you money on clogged drain repairs.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
During colder seasons it is important to take necessary measures to avoid water from freezing inside your pipes. On nights where temperatures are expected to drop below freezing, it is a good idea to maintain water pressure by leaving a faucet dripping overnight. A small steady drip is enough to keep liquid moving inside your pipes so the pipes will not freeze. If your pipes do freeze, reach out to a professional plumber immediately. A plumber can also help you avoid frozen pipes by installing insulation.
Does a Plumber Have to Conduct all of My Maintenance?
Although it may be possible to maintain some of your home’s plumbing fixtures yourself, it is crucial to have a trained plumber to help with repairs, replacements and emergency issues. With the trained professionals at Eastern Plumbing routinely inspecting your home’s water systems, you can be rest assured that your home will be well taken care of and emergencies can be prevented.