The biggest issue with home plumbing problems is that they sneak up on you at the worst possible time. Whether it’s the sound of dripping water keeping you up at 2am or a toilet clog ruining your morning, plumbing problems are annoying!
Additionally, most homeowners complain about how expensive the services of a plumber can be. But what they do not realize is that they ignored their plumbing system till things got worse. Just as the secret to healthy living lies in your own hands, similarly, ensuring proper plumbing maintenance and avoiding damages is up to you. Here are 6 ways to do just that:
Tip 1: Beware of Water Leaks
Minor water leaks can lead to much bigger problems. Always be alert and cautious to all signs and symptoms that may indicate trouble coming your way. Leaky faucets, rocking toilets, damp cabinets, water stains on drywall, loose tiles and low water pressure are all signs that there may be a leak somewhere in your pipes. Take fast and decisive action, before it’s too late.
Tip 2: Take a Proactive Approach
A leaky faucet is not just annoying. Moisture can and will build up within and underneath your sink, encouraging mold and mildew. This can lead to expensive plumbing and restoration costs. Take a proactive approach to plumbing. On a monthly basis, check for water leaks under your sinks, on and around your water heater, any drywall staining and loose tiles in your bathtub. Anything that seems out of the ordinary, call a Plumber in Jacksonville FL to inspect your homes plumbing.
Tip 3: Know What to Do
If you notice water puddling around a toilet, water heater or from underneath your slab; the first step is to shut-off the main water supply valve. If the valve is located in a dark and hard-to-reach place, keep a few tools nearby to help you shut it off in the event of a plumbing emergency. Then call Metro-Rooter and talk to one of our plumbing experts who can help diagnose the problem and send out one of our Jacksonville emergency plumbers to fix your problem.
Tip 4: Conserve Water
Almost all plumbing problems arise from excessive use of water. Whether you’re showering, cooking, washing clothes, watering your grass or gardening, you need water. Even if you need a glass of water, you’ll still have to run your tap. Conserve water where you can and this can help mitigate some problems, especially if you are on a septic system.
Tip 5: Know Your Piping Material
If you know the material of your pipes, you’ve already solved 80% of all your plumbing issues! For homes constructed before 1970, galvanized iron pipes were used. They tend to rust and corrode with time, causing a drop in water pressure and a red tint to appear in the water. Modern homes however, are equipped with pvc pipes, which can easily be fixed or replaced.
Tip 6: Use Appliances Properly
No need to flush over and over again, as the saying goes “if its yellow let it mellow, if its brown flush it down”. Similarly, there is no real need to use hot water for washing your clothes. Shut off all water-related appliances when they are not in use or when you are not home. This will help you avoid plumbing problems and help you save money on repair and utility bills.
For more tips and tricks on proper plumbing maintenance, please feel free to contact Metro-Rooter at (904) 695-1911!