People panic when they see evidence of a water leak…whether it’s from a broken faucet, leaky pipe or clogged toilet. After all; small leaks often signal significant underlying issues. But, if you work with the right plumber, there is no cause for alarm. This post will help you keep a lid on maintenance, before small issues morph into big plumbing problems.
Much like a mechanic servicing your car or a hygienist cleaning your teeth, the right plumber can perform routine maintenance on the plumbing in your home to prevent small problems from morphing into huge issues. Ask your plumber to familiarize himself with everything in your home relative to water use – such as sinks, appliances and water heaters.
Maintaining these five areas will keeps plumbing problems at bay:
- Faucets and Shower Heads
Dripping faucets waste water and lead to high utility bills. And if you fail to fix a leaking faucet or shower head, the drip can worsen over time. So, regularly check faucets for leaks and make repairs as needed. Notice whether handles are securely fastened to sinks and counters, to make sure water does not drip when the handles are turned off.
Water should not be slow to drain. If your tubs and sinks take forever to empty, use a homemade mixture of vinegar and hot water to flush and clear debris. Repeat the procedure every three weeks. To keep drains in good working condition, be careful what you flush or pour down them. Don’t pour grease that turns to a solid into your drains. As for your toilets, don’t flush anything other than toilet paper and human waste.
Check exposed pipes and appliances for water leaks. Follow manufacturer’s requirements for maintaining appliances. Watch for visible signs of leaks, such as water stains on walls and ceilings, or puddles of water. Also, watch for mildew. As far as appliances go, follow manufacturers’ instructions and monitor seals to make sure they remain tight.
Faulty seals around valve seats commonly lead to “running.” Over time, if left un-repaired, the space between the valve seat and flapper will collect gunk, which will prevent a proper seal. If your toilet runs, the problem could be a faulty handle or tank stopper.
Water pressure is the measure of force from faucets and shower heads. Test water pressure with a gauge. Another preventative measure is to add a pressure regulator to maintain water pressure. Remove and clean sediment your shower head may have collected.
Performing plumbing preventative maintenance will prevent minor inconveniences from becoming major plumbing problems. With JB Plumbing, you can expect upfront pricing; fast, free estimates; licensed, bonded and insured plumbers who are neat, polite, and well trained. We use state-of-the-art tools and equipment and are proud of the fact our services are free from hidden costs like travel charges. If you call JB Plumbing today, 24/7, you will speak directly to a plumber instead of a telephone answering service. At JB Plumbing, we are experts in residential and commercial plumbing as well as construction. Call today to schedule an appointment. (909) 593-2194.