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Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Owning a home is a big responsibility. There are many intricate systems that make a home safe, comfortable, and livable. Each system requires its own set of routine maintenance. One of the most important systems in the home is the plumbing system. Plumbing maintenance is really important to make sure the plumbing system continues to work correctly. Most people never think twice about the integrity of their plumbing system, because they aren’t face-to-face with it, however as soon as something breaks, they are well aware of it. Proper plumbing maintenance will help prevent a major plumbing emergency. Here are some plumbing maintenance tips.

Leak Detection

As with most things, things wear out over time. This is true for plumbing systems. As part of a routine plumbing maintenance strategy, a thorough leak detection inspection should be conducted at regular intervals. Any visible piping, under the sink, faucets, shower heads, toilets, outdoor faucets, sprinkler systems, pool equipment, etc.. should all be checked. If a leak is detected, have it fixed right away. This will prevent an even bigger problem and help save water and money.

Drain Cleaning

Over time drains collect debris that can cause a major clog or blockage. It’s important to routinely clean drains as part of a homes plumbing maintenance.

Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal will receive a lot of wear and tear. It’s important to include the garbage disposal as part of a homes routine plumbing maintenance. Always run the garbage disposal when putting things down the drain, avoid putting anything that doesn’t belong down the garbage disposal; trash, grease, harsh chemicals, plastic, large bones. Clean garbage disposal with ice cubes, this helps knock off debris that can stick to the blades. You can also use baking soda and citrus peel to deodorize.

Septic Tanks

If a home uses a septic tank, part of routine plumbing maintenance of a septic tank is to have it pumped at routine intervals. This is plumbing maintenance that should not be avoided until there is a problem. This should be performed every 3-5 years.

Winterizing Pipes

If a home is located in an area that freezes, then part of routine plumbing maintenance is going to be winterizing pipes. Any piping system that is exposed to the elements should be properly insulted or have heat coils installed. Also, the home should be thoroughly checked for any areas where cold air can travel in. Proper winterizing of pipes can help prevent frozen pipes.

HVAC Inspection

A homes central HVAC system should be checked once a year. This involves checking for leaks, making repairs, cleaning debris and buildup, changing filters, etc.. This is important to make sure the system continues to work properly, safely, and efficiently.

Water Heater

The water heater should also be checked annually to make sure it is also working safely and efficiently. As part of plumbing maintenance, the water heater should be checked for any damage and rust. The temperature gauge should also be checked to ensure it is at a safe level.

Routine plumbing maintenance could save a homeowner thousands of dollars in future repairs and also help avoid any unexpected plumbing disasters. Schedule your plumbing inspection today with Courtesy Plumbing!

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