Preventive maintenance tips and tricks to keep your plumbing up and running all year



 

If you’ve ever been faced with a plumbing emergency, then you know how unpleasant and inconvenient these are. But these are guaranteed ways to discover your home’s essential systems are not as perfect as you thought. Since a sturdy plumbing system is mandatory for a happy home, preventive maintenance is the key here. 

When homeowners overlook the importance of preventive maintenance, they are very likely to face a very generous home repair bill. These events can be traumatizing, so it’s better to follow the pieces of advice below. 

 

Fresh or used water damage?

The amplitude of the damage a plumbing emergency causes depends entirely on the source of water that causes the event. Obviously, water is wet regardless of its source, but we are discussing now other types of damage. Let’s get down to specifics.

Supply water is one of the main types of water, usually guilty of your plumbing emergencies. This is the water that travels through your home’s supply lines and it travels in big quality, under a lot of pressure. If problems appear at supply lines levels, you’re in big trouble. The water will flood your home in a matter of minutes, and you’ll have to put in a lot of efforts to fix such a major plumbing emergency. 

Wastewater is the water coming from clogged drains. Unlike supply water, wastewater isn’t under pressure. It will accumulate slower in your home, causing less damage. However, it’s filled with debris and dirt, in some of the best cases. In some of the worst cases, it poses a health hazard. 

But, how do you ensure all your system is up and running, all year round? You’ll have to get more specific, in this case. With so many parts and pipes, you have to learn how to deal with each of them. 

Taking care of your toilets

The toilet is one of the biggest water consumers in your home. Making sure you take proper care of it will help you prevent serious water damage and complex plumbing emergencies. Toilet fixes are also known to be more costly than any other plumbing fixes. Every once in awhile, make sure to pay attention to the following. 

  • Always stay in the bathroom after you flush your toilet. Pay attention if the toilet properly refills and turns off once it does so. 

  • If your toilet runs continuously, ensure you have it checked by a professional plumber. This is a bad sign in all cases, so wait no longer! 

  • Let everybody in the family know what a valve is, and how it operates. When toilet plumbing emergencies appear, it’s important to know how to turn off the water supplying it. 

  • From time to time, take a look at the valve, the toilet chain, and the flapper. Pay attention to your tank’s fill level, as well. 

Washing machines

Another big water consumer in your home is the washing machine. And boy, does it make a mess when the plumbing breaks down…

The flexible hose that supplies your appliance with freshwater can wear off, in time. Sometimes, a flexible hose rupture is what you should expect if you don’t take good care of your plumbing system. From minor leakages to full-blown flooding, everything is a realistic expectation, in these cases. Follow the pieces of advice below to prevent a washing machine malfunction. 

  • NEVER leave the washing machine running when you’re not at home. In case malfunctions appear, you can do nothing about it. 

  • Check your supply and drain hoses. They should be flexible. Pay attention to punctures in these. 

  • Ask a plumber to install a lever valve before the supply hose. This is a better alternative to supply faucets, and they can be successfully used when you’re not actively using the washer. 

  • Check how tight the supply and drainage hoses are. Every once in a while, check for leaks. If the hoses are not securely tightened, or if there are leaks present, call a plumber immediately. 

Look out for your sinks

Taking good care of your sinks is another good way to prevent huge unpleasant events. Considering the fact that your sink has water supply plumbing for both cold and hot water, you have to be extra careful when it comes to them. The main reason why a sink’s plumbing system breaks down is usually because of a poor connection. In this case, you will notice a leak only when it’s already too late. Take good care of your sinks by following the advice below. 

  • Twice a year, check the connections on your supply for signs of corrosion. This is a clear sign of water leakage, and you have to call a plumber as soon as you notice these. 

  • All supply lines should preserve their form. Bent pipes are a recipe for disaster which, obviously, can be fully prevented. 

  • Check and see if both the hot and cold water supply valves are functional. You want them to run smoothly, in the event of flooding. Call a plumber and have them replace the valves if they don’t work as they should. 

Ice-makers

We bet you have never thought of your refrigerator as a plumbing threat. But, surprise, surprise: it can be. If you’re the happy owner of an ice-making machine, your refrigerator also has a water supply line. Since they are too far to reach, these faucets are usually neglected. But, they pose real water damage potential. Take care of the maintenance part by checking the following. 

  • Search for leaks as soon as you have your refrigerator installed. The team coming to install it lacks professional plumbers, so this is something you should work in mind with.

  • Check the ice-maker water supply twice a year. If something looks like it’s about to break down, call your plumber and have them take a look, as well.  

  • You are used to cleaning behind your fridge, make sure you move it around with care. You don’t want to break the water supply behind it.