Plumbing Tips for the New Year
Homeowners have plenty of areas to watch over in their homes to ensure everything is operating appropriately and running smoothly. One of those areas is the plumbing. This hard-working system is on call 24/7 and can run into issues that can create inconvenience as well as havoc in the home. To help keep on top of the plumbing, consider adding the following helpful tips to your list of New Year’s resolutions.
1. Clogged Drains
It’s easy to turn on the tap and wash off dishes and just let everything on the plate slide off into the system never to be seen again. The problem is allowing enough food debris, grease, etc., to go down the drain will eventually cause a build-up inside the pipes, creating a clogged drain that prevents water from draining. A quick and easy solution is to place mesh covers that go over or inside each drain. This includes drains in the kitchen and bathroom.
2. The Sound of Silence
The sound of silence is golden, especially when it comes to the network of pipes and all areas with access to water. To ensure there are no existing problems or potential for problems, do periodic checks of the sinks, bathtubs, and shower fixtures. Check the fixtures and hoses attached to the washing machine. Check the pipes under the sink for leaks around the connectors securing the pipes together. Listen for the ongoing sound of a toilet that keeps running after it has been flushed and any pooling of water that could be an indication of a leak. Look for continuously dripping faucets or showerheads, and pay attention to any unusual sounds emanating from the pipes behind the walls. Check outdoor faucets for dripping after the water has been turned off.
3. To Flush or Not to Flush
Make the resolution that you won’t use your toilet as a garbage can. It’s a good idea to take the time to explain to those who live in the home the types of items that should never be flushed. There is a long list of things that should never be placed in the toilet for disposal. Check here for a list of not-to-be-flushed items.
4. Scale it Down
Lime scale can quickly become a problem if left to its own devices. Purchase a quality lime scale remover and frequently clean all the faucets and fixtures to remove and prevent buildup.
5. Preventive Maintenance – Stop, Look and Listen
Make a list and check it twice of the areas where you need to stop, then look and listen for any signs that something isn’t working the way it should. Along with your own maintenance check, contact a professional plumber to come in and do a thorough check at least once every two years.