Not all plumbing issues are avoidable, but many are if maintenance of your homes plumbing network is upheld. Here is a checklist of inspections and upkeep to preserve your plumbing’s health and life-span:
Inspect Fixtures For Damage
Even what seems like minor damage has the potential to develop into something more sinister, which could end up costing a fortune. Fixtures to check include:
- Water heaters
Fixtures should be examined for any indication of substantial deterioration such as cracks or significant corrosion or dents. Also watch out for signs of a leak such as damp walls, moisture build-up and drips on the floor. Weakened performance may also be an indication of damage.
When inspecting the water heater, a puddle of water indicates the need for professional intervention and since 25% of household energy consumption is spent heating water, this is a particularly important fixture to protect.
Faucet leaks, if maintaining a 1 drip-per-second pace, can add up to over 3000 gallons of water per year, all unutilised. A leaking tap can have several causes, most common of which is a worn washer. Replacing this will do the trick 9/10 times, but it’s usually best to contact a professional.
Beware Slow Drainage
Delayed drainage is a sign of a blockage which needs clearing rapidly. Plungers, chemical unblockers or natural cleaning remedies (such as hot water, lemon and vinegar) can clear minor clogs, but for more effective clearing and peace of mind – contact a professional. Slow drainage can be caused by multiple things but the number one tip to avoid blockages is to keep sinks/toilets etc clean and be wary of what you allow down the pipes. For example, do not flush anything but toilet paper and don’t allow bits of food down the kitchen sink.
Check Pipe Insulation
Frozen or burst pipes are definitely something to avoid so, particularly during winter months, be sure to inspect your pipe’s insulation. If you don’t already have insulation, then invest! And if you do, but aren’t entirely sure of its efficacy, a second layer may help to ensure it functions well.
Invest in Water Treatment Systems
Water treatment helps to keep your water supply clean. Not only is this beneficial to your personal health and wellbeing but also for the wellbeing and performance of your plumbing network.’ Hard water’ contains higher levels of calcium and magnesium which can lead to damaged fixtures and irritated skin – water softening systems help to deal with this. Filtration simply removes harmful chemicals from your water system, allowing for a healthier and smoother running experience.