Whatever the age of your home, there are many ways to help extend the life of your current plumbing. Simple things like routine maintenance can prevent large costly projects in the future.
DAILY DRAIN MAINTENANCE: WATCH WHAT GOES DOWN
One of the most effective ways to prevent a residential plumbing issue is to avoid creating unnecessary clogs. This comes in two parts: what you put down the drain, and what you take out of it.
Clogs are often a result of pouring or flushing things that shouldn’t be disposed of that way. A septic system is not designed to withstand all forms of waste, and many things can cause both minor and major plumbing problems. Some of the most important things to avoid flushing or pouring down your drain include:
- Grease, cooking oil, and butter
- Baby wipes
- Cleaning wipes
- Feminine products
- Cotton balls
- Paper towels
- Coffee grounds
- Car fluids
- Household cleaners
ROUTINE DRAIN CHECKS: BE PROACTIVE
When we visit homes to check on plumbing, it can be pretty clear if the homeowner is performing routine inspections and maintenance. Staying diligent and addressing potential issues quickly can ensure your systems will last, and catch problems before they get out of hand.
Perform visual inspections of your plumbing to check for signs of a leak. A leak is a clear indication of a broken pipe or part. Remember, sometimes leaks can be easy to spot because there’s a puddle, but other times leaks can be so slow they only cause mildew or rust in the surrounding area. Important areas to inspect include:
- Exposed pipes
- Shower heads
- Pipe fittings
REPAIRS: CALL & FIX QUICKLY
If you know you need a plumbing repair or suspect that there could be a problem, don’t put off calling a plumber. Repairing small problems prevent larger and more costly repairs down the road. That small leak that doesn’t seem to be causing much harm now could quickly become a broken pipe and a flooded room.
Small plumbing repairs that aren’t resolved can also put strain on other areas of your plumbing system and snowball into even more issues. Getting a licensed plumber to quickly assess and repair what is needed stops plumbing problems from getting out of hand.
To save time with plumbing repairs, it’s helpful to prep the area that needs inspecting or repairing so that the plumber can work to get your repair done efficiently, giving you back a working system as quickly as possible.
Our team at Silver State Refrigeration, HVAC & Plumbing offers the highest quality plumbing services for Las Vegas and surrounding areas. We’re available 24/7–plumbing problems don’t wait for “normal business hours” and we don’t either. Our plumbing technicians are available day or night, and weekends too, for any plumbing or emergency service needs.
For more information on how you can improve the life of your plumbing system, or if you have repair needs, contact us today.