Can you imagine what life would be like without having an indoor plumbing system? We wouldn’t be able to take showers in the morning. Going to the bathroom would be quite an ordeal. And when we needed to rinse off a dish, it wouldn’t be as simple as turning on the kitchen sink.
Luckily, we do have modern-day plumbing. Therefore, it’s important that we do all that we can to keep it in good condition. So, in order to help you do just that, we have provided you with five general household plumbing system maintenance tips below:
Watch what you put down your drains. Definitely one of the biggest causes of plumbing issues is clogged up drains. That’s because a lot of us tend to pour more than water down them. So, if you’re someone who has a habit of putting oil, coffee grinds or even a lot of harsh chemicals down your drains, try and avoid doing that. And when you do have a clogged drain, rather than using a harsh commercial brand to unclog them, try using a natural remedy like baking soda or vinegar. For more information on how to unclog your drains naturally, visit Wise Bread and put “easy ways to unclog drains” in the search field.
Measure your water pressure. Although there are a lot of us who tend to enjoy really strong water pressure when we’re standing in the shower, the reality is that after a while, that can start to do a real number on our plumbing. The good news is that there are at-home devices that you can use to measure what your water pressure actually is. One of them is house bib gauge. They cost around $10 and you can find them at your local home improvement store.
Soften up your water. Another cause of plumbing problems? Hard water. Not only can that kind of water irritate your skin, but the high concentration of minerals like magnesium and calcium, over time, can cause a build-up that will also damage your plumbing system. There is a remedy for softening hard water, although it’s not the most inexpensive one: you can install a water softener. Typically, they will run you somewhere between $500-1,000.
Clear out your septic tank. If your septic tank has even been backed up, then you know just how much of a mess, literally, it can be. To prevent that from happening in the future, make sure that you take preventative steps and get your pumped every 3-5 years. The cost is usually around $200-500.
Clamp up your water leaks. It’s pretty common for you to experience a water leak from time to time. It could be due to a problem with your HVAC unit (and if that’s the case, we recommend that you contact a professional air conditioning services company). Or, it could be due to the wear and tear of one of your pipes. If it’s the latter issue, there are clamps that you can purchase that will help to stop the leaks. For more information on them, visit Plumbing Supply and put “leak repair clamps” in the search field.