No home would be complete without a fully-functioning plumbing system. Just think about how much water we use every day! That morning shower, that boiled water for the coffee, brushing our teeth, that bath at the end of the day… the list goes on.
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So, this in mind, it’s vital that we care for these systems. You should think about plumbing when you move into a home, when you’re renovating a home, and when you’re ready to sell. Luckily, there are numerous tricks you can use to make your plumbing life just a little bit easier. So, read on for some quick water-based tips!
Wrap pipes in insulation
Colder winter weather brings with it more risks, and one of those is that your outside pipes could rupture. Actually, so could your inside ones, depending on their location in the house. A burst pipe can put certain water systems out of action for days, and can grind your household to a halt.
So, take some measures to help prevent this from happening. Wrap any pipes that are under this risk in insulative materials. This stuff is cheap, and can be bought from pretty much anywhere these days. Keeping the pipes warm has multiple effects. For starters, they’re less likely to burst and succumb to the cold. Secondly, the time you’ll have to wait for hot water will be shortened significantly.
Monitor your water pressure regularly
The pressure of your water system probably isn’t something you often think about, but it absolutely should be! A water pressure that’s too high can result in broken pipes and faucets – they’ll be working harder to contain that pressure. Water pressure that’s too low can make the water come out of your taps slowly, and you may not be able to shower or use water properly.
You can measure your water pressure yourself using a hose bib gauge, which should be available at most good hardware stores. If it’s above the recommended 85 psi, consider calling a service like Pink Plumbing to help you bring it down. You could burst a pipe, and it’s nigh-on impossible to reduce the pressure yourself at home.
Address leaks quickly – no matter how minor
A minor leak can very quickly turn into a major leak, so don’t ignore them. Whether it’s a faucet, leaky toilet or shower, make sure you either address it yourself or call a plumber. The thing about leaks is, they never get better, and will always get worse. A leak is indicative of a larger problem, and it’s that which you need to solve.
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Avoid chemical-based drain cleaning products
When a drain gets blocked, it can be a nightmare. As a result, we tend to resort to the quickest fix available, scrambling through store shelves in an attempt to find the best cleaning product. Sadly, in reality, some of those products can do more harm than good.
Some of the chemicals found in these bottles can actually erode cast-iron drain pipes. Each time the clog doesn’t go, or each time you get a new clog, you use the product again, further eroding the pipework. Eventually, it’ll be damaged beyond repair, all for that cheap cleaning product. A professional can properly unblock a drain for you, or you can do it yourself at home. Either way, look after your pipes!