Performing basic plumbing maintenance is an important part of home ownership and can lengthen the life of your fixtures and appliances. But when faced with an unfamiliar appliance, this can be easier said than done.
Read these helpful tips to learn more about what you can do at home to maintain your home’s plumbing and avoid having to call in a professional.
Problems start out small, but can become bigger over time if unaddressed. Even a tiny drip in a sink can waste a great deal of water and lead to costly bills. A leak may squander 150 gallons of water per day!
You can prevent these small problems from turning into huge complications by keeping these guidelines in mind when performing simple maintenance procedures.
- Know Where to Save Money – Many people make decisions about fixtures and appliances with price as the number one contributing factor. Don’t sacrifice quality for small savings. Finding the cheapest shower head at your local hardware store can seem like a good idea at the register. However, many of the cheapest plumbing models are prone to cracking. Cracks can create leaks that waste water and might even lead to mold and mildew.
- Read Your Manuals – Read appliance manuals carefully, especially when installing new appliances. For instance, if you are setting up a new hot water heater and see a pipe coming from the discharge tube, don’t ignore it. Use the instruction guide to hooking up that tube, for without it, your water will not re-circulate. Re-circulation allows your water to remain warm while in the tank without wasting water. It is an important energy and cost-saving measure.
- Examine Tiles – Tiles are often used in backsplashes, showers, and tubs. They function so well where water is prevalent that they often hide signs of water damage. Leaks or drips that you might see on a wall or ceiling can be hidden beneath tile. It is important to check tiles for water loss. A loose tile might indicate a leak or drip. Occasionally, apply pressure to wobbly tiles to test whether it “gives” at all. If it bends beneath your force, call a plumber.
- Periodically Check Flood Openings– Ensure that all overflow holes and flood vents are open. Look for buildup and blockages that might prevent the opening from functioning properly. Periodically inspecting these overflow passages can prevent water damage from flooding and can also avoid flooding complications like mold and mildew.
Many homeowners are skittish when it comes to performing their own plumbing maintenance. Some fear that small complications that arise while executing routine checks could cause major issues with major expense. But the consequences of not carrying out basic maintenance are even more costly.
Utilize these tips, along with online tutorials and resource materials at your local library to educate yourself on plumbing tasks. Build a skill set that can help you extend the life of your piping system, water fixtures, and appliances.
Tip: if you still need to call a pro for the job, I recommend that you take your time to find local Boston plumbers with adequate training who are licensed and insured instead of settling for fly-by-night contractors to do the work.