preventive plumbing maintenance

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE FOR YOUR PLUMBING

Preventive maintenance is essential for keeping your plumbing system in good working condition and avoiding costly repairs. Here are some preventive maintenance tips for your plumbing:

– Regular Inspections: Conduct routine inspections of your plumbing system to identify any signs of leaks, corrosion, or damage. Check faucets, pipes, toilets, and water heaters for any visible issues. Addressing problems early can prevent them from escalating into major issues.

– Check for Leaks: Inspect your plumbing fixtures and pipes for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, water stains, or pooling water around fixtures. Even small leaks can waste a significant amount of water and lead to water damage over time. Repair or replace faulty components promptly.

– Maintain Proper Drainage: Ensure that your drains are flowing freely by avoiding the disposal of grease, food scraps, or other debris down the drains. Use drain covers or strainers to catch hair, soap residue, and other particles that can clog the drains. Regularly clean out these strainers.

– Water Heater Maintenance: Flush your water heater annually to remove sediment buildup that can affect its efficiency and lifespan. Check the pressure relief valve to ensure it is functioning correctly. Insulate exposed hot water pipes to conserve energy and prevent heat loss.

Prevent Frozen Pipes: Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as basements, crawl spaces, or attics, to prevent them from freezing during cold weather. Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses before winter to prevent frozen pipes. Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.

– Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners: Instead of relying on chemical drain cleaners, use alternative methods like a plunger or a drain snake to clear minor clogs. Chemical cleaners can damage pipes over time and harm the environment.

– Proper Toilet Care: Avoid flushing items that can clog your toilet, such as sanitary products, wipes, or excessive amounts of toilet paper. Teach children about proper toilet usage to prevent accidental flushing of objects that can cause blockages.

– Maintain Water Pressure: Excessively high water pressure can strain your plumbing system and lead to leaks or burst pipes. Install a pressure regulator to maintain a safe and optimal water pressure level throughout your home.

– Address Hard Water Issues: If you have hard water, consider installing a water softener to reduce mineral buildup in your pipes and fixtures. Hard water can cause scaling and reduce the lifespan of your plumbing system.

– Professional Maintenance: Schedule periodic professional plumbing inspections and maintenance. A licensed plumber can perform a thorough assessment of your system, identify potential issues, and provide necessary repairs or maintenance.

By following these preventive maintenance tips, you can help extend the lifespan of your plumbing system, minimize the risk of unexpected breakdowns, and save money on costly repairs.

When you need professional help with plumbing repairs and upgrades contact Bert’s Waterworks in American Fork, Utah. You can trust us with all of your plumbing needs.

Visit our website at bertswaterworks.com or call us at (801) 756-5846