These simple tips can help you keep the plumbing in your home running smoothly and prevent costly damages later on.
Check for Leaks
Make a regular habit of checking appliances, plumbing fixtures, and exposed pipes for signs of leaks. Catching leaks early, when they are still small, can save you a headache (and a bundle of money) later. This is because minor leaks often turn into major problems if they go unnoticed and unaddressed.
Clean Shower Heads Regularly to Prevent Limescale
Limescale is the white, flakey buildup that is left behind by the mineral content in water. You will often see limescale on faucets and showerheads. If left untreated for too long, it can easily block up shower heads and leave you with low pressure in your shower. Regularly cleaning the shower heads in your home with vinegar will get rid of mineral deposits and prevent limescale from building up. Simply add one part vinegar and one part water to a spray bottle and spritz the mixture directly on your shower head. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes and then wipe the vinegar solution off with a clean cloth. Do this once a month or so to keep limescale at bay.
Know How to Shut off Your Water Main
Many homeowners have never had to shut off their water supply, and as a result they don’t know exactly where the water main is or how to use it. In the event of a plumbing emergency like a burst pipe, it’s important to be able to shut off your home’s water as quickly as possible. Make sure that you know where your water main is and how to turn it off. If you require any tools to access your main water shutoff, keep them nearby so you can grab them in a hurry if necessary.
Check Water Pressure Regularly
Get yourself a water pressure gauge (you can pick up an inexpensive one at your local hardware store) and check the water pressure in your home every week or two. If the water pressure fluctuates significantly, this may indicate something that needs your attention, such as a frozen pipe or other issue.
Inspect Appliance Hoses
Make sure that you inspect the hoses of appliances like washing machines and dryers regularly. Check for brittleness, cracking, and any other signs of damage. If you notice that any of your appliance hoses have issues, get them fixed or replaced as soon as you can.
Know the Signs of a Sewage Leak
When a water line or sewage pipe springs a leak, it may not be obvious until the problem gets significantly worse. If you know the signs to watch for, you’re more likely to catch these leaks early and can get the problem resolved quickly. Unusually lush patches of grass and unexplained damp patches in your yard can indicate a leaky sewage pipe or water line.
These maintenance tips go a long way in keeping your home plumbing healthy, but even with the best preventative practices, the occasional thing will happen where you need repairs. Our team at Waywest is dedicated to providing customers with prompt, reliable service and high quality workmanship.