While maintenance cannot eliminate the chance of you having a plumbing problem, it can help you reduce the risk of unnecessary breakdowns. Did you know that your plumbing is susceptible to different problems depending on the time of the year?
Preparing your pipes each season can help prevent damage to your home. We’ve rounded up some of the best seasonal plumbing tips to help you protect your plumbing.
Fall welcomes a drop in temperature to help remind us of the coming winter months. By preparing your pipes now, you can help reduce the chance of problems when chillier weather descends.
Here are some of preventative measures you can take in your home:
- Check to make sure outside faucets aren’t leaking or dripping. If you can’t make the necessary repairs, contact a plumber as cooler weather could cause the pipes to freeze. Rising water pressure would then cause cracks and lead to serious damage or flooding.
- Seal window and door leaks to reduce cold air penetration
- Test your water pressure relief valve. If your water heater is over five years old and has never been checked, call a plumber to check for corroded older valves or stuck seals. Also make sure your water heater’s thermostat is set at 120°F
- Shut off main water valves when leaving the house for extended periods
The winter months also call for holiday celebrations. Thanksgiving and Christmas can see a surge of guests at your house, putting more strain on your plumbing. To prevent inconvenient plumbing disasters when your home is filled with family and friends, follow some of these tips.
- Avoid pouring fats, hard-to-grind waster and cooking oil down your garbage disposal. These items cause your garbage disposal to break and your sink to clog.
- Run your washing machine and dishwasher at night. This conserves hot water and maintains good water pressure for your guests.
- Spread out showers throughout the day to help conserve hot water
To prevent pipes from freezing:
- Fit pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping
- Try to ensure pipes are installed in insulted places and buried below ground
If a pipe freezes:
- Turn off the water main line to prevent flooding
- Call a plumber at Legacy Plumbing – never attempt to fix a frozen pipe by yourself.
While spring brings nicer weather unlikely to damage your pipes, it’s also the perfect opportunity to do a little cleaning of your plumbing system. Here are some of the ways you can help protect your plumbing:
- Check for faucet leaks and drips
- Make sure your toilets flush properly. If you have to hold down the handle or jiggle it, you may have to replace worn parts. It is an inexpensive fix that will cut out annoyances and save you money.
- Check your water heater. Make sure the temperature is set at 120°F and check the first four serial numbers to see what year and month it was made. If it’s over 15 years old, consider replacing it.
- Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris
Summer is typically the time of year when most people buy homes. Before you buy your home, you should consider getting a professional plumbing inspection. You can also visually inspect a potential home with these tips.
- Survey the inside of cabinets for water damage. Use a flashlight to check for stains, leaks or warped cabinet bottoms.
- Run water from two different rooms. If running water in the kitchen sink and the bathtub causes a visible reduction in water volume, the piping may need to be replaced.
- Check the floor around your toilet and the wall connected to your bathtub. Soft floors and walls suggest that water is creating damage and floor/walls is rotting or weakened.
- Check exposed plumbing for signs of leaking.
These tips are provided to help you prevent unnecessary damage to your plumbing, but they don’t replace the experience or expertise of a professional plumber. If you see anything noticeably wrong with the plumbing in your home or are experiencing problems, contact Legacy Plumbing for a professional assessment of your plumbing.
More to think about:
Let’s face it, nobody wants to spend more than they have to on plumbing repair and the best way to save money is to never need any repairs! Well, it’s not exactly plausible that you’ll never need any repairs, but if you practice some preventative plumbing maintenance, you can get the most life out of your plumbing.
There are a lot of things that people simply overlook when it comes to keeping a fully-functional plumbing system. Below are a few steps that you can take to make sure that you get the most life out of your plumbing.
Grease Buildup – One of the number one causes for plumbing repair is the buildup of grease in your drains. The best way to avoid this issue is to discard your grease in a glass jar or plastic container. Not only will you be saving yourself money, you’ll be helping out the environment as well.
Clogged Drains -Yet another common issue is the collection of hair clogging up drains. This is more common with people who have long hair, and it can be a bit of a pain. The best way to fix this issue is to place a screen in the drain to prevent any hair from entering. The finer the screen, the better as it will prevent the most hair from getting through into your drain and creating a clog.
Routine Check-Ups – A great way to prevent problems in your plumbing is by having a professional plumber come out for a routine checkup. Sure, it may seem a bit pointless to call a plumber when you don’t have any problems, but you can save a lot of money by catching the issues before they start.
Weather Changes – A lot of homeowners will start to notice that they have a lot of issues with their plumbing when the weather starts getting cold. That’s because pipes are likely to freeze in very cold temperatures. To prevent this, make sure that your pipes are properly insulated and retain warmth. Repair of frozen pipes can be very pricey, so it’s very important that you ensure that your pipes are well insulated before the temperature begins to drop.
With these preventative plumbing maintenance tips, you should be able to save yourself a lot of time and money.