Your plumbing system is one of the most important parts of your home. No system within the home is used as frequently as or with more dependency than the plumbing. Think about every time you take a shower, go to the bathroom, wash your hands, do the dishes, do your laundry, etc. Here are some easy tips to follow so as to ensure your home plumbing system is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
- Get to Know Your Plumbing System – Know where your pipes are. Often during unrelated home renovations, pipes can be inadvertently damaged by wayward nails or screws. It’s also a good idea to know where the shut-off valve for your plumbing is and how to use it in case you need to turn it off quickly during an emergency.
- Checking for Leaks – It is important to check your plumbing system for leaks regularly. If not taken care of quickly, leaks cause a lot of water, and dollars, to be wasted.
- Maintain Your Hot Water Tank – The average life of a hot water tank is about 12 years, though often times, they can begin to have leaks or other problems long before the average expiration date. It is important to check your hot water tank regularly (at least once every six months) to ensure it is running efficiently. If your tank is old or deficient, you should strongly consider replacing it to improve the overall efficiency of the home plumbing system.
- Maintain Your Drains – It is important to have your storm and sewage drains checked and cleaned by a professional on an annual basis before they malfunction. It is much more cost-efficient to maintain your drains than to have to pay for an excavation and replace them.
- Know Your Limits – What may seem like a simple plumbing job can quickly become a catastrophe if not handled properly by a professional. It is advised that, unless you are a licensed plumber, you do not undertake any home plumbing repairs, especially major ones, without at least the help and guidance of a professional plumber.