The best way to prevent plumbing emergencies and expensive repairs is to keep up with maintenance — even for new plumbing systems. Here are a few tips for taking care of your home’s plumbing system.
- Mind the drain
Newer plumbing systems are highly durable and built to withstand the demands of modern living. But the old plumbing rules still apply to new systems.
Don’t throw rice or noodles down the drain, as they can expand when exposed to moisture and create blockages deep in the plumbing system. Never pour grease and fat down the drain to prevent the formation of grease clogs.
To avoid unnecessary plumbing repairs, avoid throwing eggshells, coffee grounds, and moisture-absorbent paper products into the sink. When in doubt, throw waste into the trash.
- Install drain screens
Drain screens will prevent hair from going down the drain. Hair doesn’t break down easily and should be thrown into the trash. Install drain screens in showers and kitchen sinks to protect your new plumbing system.
- Schedule routine drain cleaning
A routine drain cleaning helps prevent large clogs and blockages in the plumbing system that could potentially cause serious water damage.
Never use store-bought drain cleaners as they contain harsh chemicals and could damage the pipes. Instead, use homemade solutions, like baking soda and water, to clean drains. For better results, schedule professional drain cleaning.
- Ease pressure
One way to reduce pressure on your plumbing system is to lower the water pressure to a reasonable level, between 40 and 60 PSI. This is especially helpful, since plumbing systems contain many bends and curves that could increase the rate at which water erodes pipes.
Slowly turning faucets on and off, rather than abruptly, could also help protect your plumbing system.
- Don’t ignore warning signs
Every plumbing system shows signs of a problem that could become serious. If you start noticing clogs around the home, leaks, strange odors coming from the drain, gurgling, or sudden increases in water utility costs, reach out to Tucker Hill for a professional plumbing inspection and service.