Avoiding Plumbing Disasters—3 Tips To Keep Major Plumbing Problems Away

by Grace Motley

If you own a home, one of the last things you want to deal with is unexpected plumbing problems. Problems with your pipes could have disastrous results that could quickly deplete your emergency fund. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to keep that damage from happening. Here are some things you can do to keep major pluming issues at bay:

Have Your Plumbing Serviced Regularly

Just like any other major component of your home, the plumbing requires a regular service check to make sure everything is in working order. When a plumber comes to check your home, they will look for any leaks or drainage issues that could cause problems down the road. They may also check the outside lines that lead to the city water and sewer system. These lines often can crack or become clogged, which can lead to backups of water and raw sewage in your house. Knowing about these problems ahead of time can save you major headaches in the future.

Always Ensure Your Water Pressure is at the Correct Level

Another plumbing component that should be checked is the water pressure. Water pressure that is too high can cause your faucets to leak too much water, damage the pipes, and cause water to be wasted. Sometimes the cause of high water pressure is due to the city's water pressure gauge being too high. However, the problem can also be caused in the home. You can check your water pressure yourself with a water pressure gauge that can be purchased in any hardware store. If your gauge registers at a higher level, you need to have a plumber check for a cause to prevent any further damage.

Keep the Drains Clear of Any Debris

Another thing you can do to ensure your plumbing remains healthy is to keep the drains free of clogs. Most major clogs are caused by debris that goes down the drain. Many sinks and tubs come equipped with a drain cover. If they don't, installing covers is a quick and easy way to ensure that nothing goes down the pipes. You should also keep as much debris out of the drain as possible.

 If your kitchen sink is equipped with a garbage disposal, take care not to send anything other than edible food waste from going down it. Some often make the mistake of placing hair, paper, and other inedible items down the sink with the assumption that the garbage disposal will keep clogs from occurring. Not only are you risking major clogs, but you are also harming your septic system by sending these items down the drain.

Keeping your pluming healthy is crucial to having a healthy home. If you notice any plumbing issues creeping up, you need to have it checked out by a professional, like those at H & R Complete Inc, before it escalates into a bigger problem.