There’s a lot to tend to when it comes to being a homeowner, such as HVAC maintenance, keeping your lawn in good order and making your property as energy efficient as possible. With so much to take care of, you might forget that your plumbing system needs some attention as well, which can be especially hard to keep track of since you don’t see all your plumbing system. For that reason, Fletcher’s Plumbing is here to offer some easy professional tips to help keep your plumbing in tiptop shape.
Use Drain Screens
Clogs are one of the most common plumbing issues, and one of the most avoidable as well. To help sidestep unnecessary spending and disaster, place drain screens over your bathroom and kitchen sink as well as in your bathtub or shower. While you might curl your nose at what accumulates on the screens, it’s better than allowing all that hair, gunk and other particulates flow down the drain where they can cause clogs that lead to smells and unsightly buildup that can back up in your pipes.
Keep Up With Preventative Maintenance
Know that just because everything seems to be in good order with your plumbing system does not necessarily mean that you don’t have anything to worry about. There might be minor problems brewing inside your pipes that are slowly building up to a major issue, one that can cost much more to take care of then the cost of a minor fix. Have a professional plumber come out and take a look at your plumbing for regular maintenance so you know just what’s going on inside your pipes and if any issues need to be taken care of soon.
Know When to Call for Repairs
There are some plumbing problems that you can take care of your own with time and tools, but there are others that are better off in the hands of an experienced plumber. While there are plenty of DIY resources out there, there are some situations that should only be handled by an expert, such as having high water bills and a sudden dip in your home’s water pressure. You might not like having to spend money on calling a professional, but the move is likely to save you money and preserve your peace of mind in the long run.
Insulate Your Pipes
Much like clogs, burst pipes are another common plumbing issue during the colder months of the year. When temperatures dip low enough and conditions are right, your pipes can freeze and burst, leading to a cascade of problems that need to be taken care of ASAP. Insulating your pipes and doing your part to see that they receive warm air blowing from your furnace helps prevent them from freezing and bursting. You can easily insulate your pipes on your own, but you might want to reach out to a professional to see what type of insulation is best.
Be diligent when it comes to caring for your plumbing system. A little time here and there can save you a lot of money and extend the life of your plumbing.