You might expect little quirks with your plumbing system. Unless it’s keeping you awake at night, it’s easy to ignore or just put up with a tiny drip from a faucet or a toilet that gurgles once in a while.
The problem with small plumbing problems is they can lead to bigger, more expensive problems. It’s better to be proactive, early on. Pay attention to those telltale signs and small warnings. Take good care of your plumbing system on a routine basis and it will take good care of you.
Here are 7 preventive steps you can take to maintain a good working plumbing system and minimize the need for big repairs down the road.
1. Clean faucet aerators regularly.
Those are the little caps that screw onto the faucet opening. They can become caked with residue over time and restrict water flow. Remember to check them regularly and keep them clean.
2. Clean hair from your shower and bathtub drains regularly.
Make it part of your bathroom cleaning routine. If you get into the habit, it’s easy to wipe up hair from the drain immediately after showering or bathing. Resist the temptation to simply wash loose hair down the bathtub drain or to let hair build up on the shower drain. Strainers can be installed that make it easy to clean your drains.
3. Be careful of what you pour down the drain in your kitchen.
Grease should never be poured down the kitchen drain. For your kitchen sink, get the best strainer you can. Keep it clean daily. If you have an in-sink waste disposal, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Note the items that are not meant to be disposed: bones, starchy food, coffee grounds, fruit pits, and similar foods. These items will clog the disposal and back up your sink. A waste disposal isn’t meant to replace your garbage can.
4. Routinely check for dripping faucets, running toilets, and signs of water leaks.
You can easily make this part of your weekly or monthly house-cleaning regimen. Better to catch small issues, early on, before you have a major plumbing problem.
5. Pay attention to signs that things aren’t right.
Maybe you notice the toilet still running long after the tank has refilled. It might be a slight dripping sound and it could be just a small problem. But if it continues for several days, it’s better to look into it than to ignore it.
6. Notice significant changes in water pressure.
If water pressure is low, it may be something temporary. Give it a day or two and see if it comes back to normal. But if the problem persists, it’s a good idea to call a plumbing repair professional. Low water pressure isn’t simply a matter of inconvenience. It could be a sign of a leak or clog deeper in the system that needs to be repaired.
7. Don’t forget to check all water entry points in your home.
Remember to check sinks you don’t always use, like your laundry room sink or guest bathroom sink. Routinely check all your appliances that use water: refrigerator, washing machine, water heater. Look for any signs of leaks, corrosion, or unusual noises. Call a Reno plumbing professional to help if you find something wrong.
Take care of minor plumbing problems when they first start out. With a home plumbing system, an unrepaired problem in one area can lead to problems in other areas. With regular maintenance and simple cleaning steps, you can keep your plumbing system in good repair.