Giving your plumbing regular attention can prevent any leaks, avoid expensive repairs, and prolong its life. However, homeowners often overlook the importance of a fully functional plumbing system until a problem occurs, causing a major disturbance to the home’s peace and comfort.
The following are common ways to care for your plumbing system:
- Avoid using chemical drain-cleaning products. Since the most common plumbing issue are clogged drains, you can purchase chemicals to clear them. However, these products are known to do more harm than good, causing cast-iron drainpipes to erode. In addition, chemicals do not remove the entire clog, causing the issue to occur later.
- Take steps to avoid future clogging. Clogs put added pressure on your waste pipes, stressing them and shortening their longevity. Please, watch what goes down your drains by keeping hair out of bathroom drains, food scraps out of kitchen drains, and anything but refuse and toilet paper out of toilets.
- Lower water pressure. While high water pressure is nice when you’re taking a shower or filling up a large pot, it causes extreme stress to your pipes which lead to leaks. Normal pressure will register between 40 and 85 psi.
- Soften your water. If you have water with high mineral count – also known as hard water – it can reduce your plumbing system’s lifespan. Naturally occurring minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, build up inside your pipes and restricts flow, as well as increase the pressure. A telltale sign of water includes white buildup on faucets and showerheads. You can have a plumber install a traditional, sodium-based softener in your home.
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