Don’t Let a Plumbing Problem Haunt the House!
Preventative maintenance is the best kind of maintenance. Why? Because it’s the best way to prevent burst pipes, flooding, and other problems that can sneak up on homeowners. But what is a homeowner to do after a plumber completes their inspection and leaves?
To prevent the financial headaches that come with wasted water and damaged property, some plumbing maintenance tips include:
Know How to Prevent Clogs
Every clog forms for a reason, whether it’s because of malfunctioning garbage disposal, too much food down the drain, or root intrusion. Clogs do more than impede water flow. They can cause leaks, burst pipes, and low water pressure. Some easy ways homeowners can prevent clogs include:
- Getting a drain mesh screen. These devices cost less than $5 and work wonders to prevent food residue from going down the kitchen sink’s drain.
- Only flushing human waste and toilet paper. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that homeowners should never flush Q-tips, cotton balls, diapers, and other residue down the toilet. Even if it initially goes down, it could get stuck in the plumbing system, clogging it.
- Refraining from using over-the-counter drain cleaner. Drain cleaner doesn’t effectively remove clogs. If anything, it could worsen an obstruction, causing it to thicken and eat away at the plumbing system from within.
Homeowners should also consider insulating outdoor pipes, such as those connected to the hose or sprinkler system. While it usually doesn’t get below freezing in Albuquerque, homeowners should do everything possible to prevent frozen pipes during unseasonably cold periods.
Schedule Regular Plumbing Maintenance Visits
Homeowners can do everything in their power to prevent clogs, but at the end of the day, nothing beats having a trained professional conduct an inspection. A professional will evaluate the home’s water-based appliances, meter readings, and fixtures here. They may also rely on specialized software, such as video cameras, to look deep inside plumbing systems, looking for obstructions.
When a homeowner put off consulting a professional, they risk sewage backups, clogged sewer lines, and plain wasted water. If one can’t remember the last time they had a plumbing inspection, they should play it safe and schedule an appointment.
Know the Signs of Water Heater Maintenance
Although the standard water heater can last more than 10 years, this isn’t guaranteed. The key to a long-lasting appliance is knowing when to consult a professional. If a homeowner notices one or more of the following signs, they should schedule a plumbing maintenance visit:
- Dishes have spots. This could point to excessive sediment buildup in the water heater tank. A plumber may suggest replacing the anode rod.
- The water only stays hot for short periods. This could indicate a leak, or it may indicate a new heating element.
- The home’s energy bills increase. If a homeowner notices that they’re paying more on their utility bills (despite no change in energy consumption), this could mean that the heater has become less effective.
About Daniels Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC
Time and time again, Albuquerque, NM residents turn to Daniels Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning, LLC with their plumbing problems. Why? Because they offer straightforward plumbing services. Call today to learn why these professionals have garnered countless five-star reviews since 2010.