Most homeowners and family members tend to forget that the plumbing system goes way beyond the faucets, sinks, and toilets they use every day. This complex network of pipes runs throughout the house. Without proper care and regular plumbing maintenance, it can cause some inconvenience and major damage.
Here are a few simple ways to make sure that your plumbing system stays in optimal condition:
Clean Your Drains Every Month
Pipes and sewers get clogged and backed up when water and waste can’t flow freely. This is caused by a buildup of gunk and particles inside the pipes. That’s why it’s crucial to clean your drains at least every month, either by your local plumber or on your own. If you prefer the latter, remember to use an enzyme-based cleaner instead of a chemical-based one, which can damage your plumbing.
If you prefer to use a natural, homemade cleaner, you can easily make one with just a few kitchen ingredients. The most common one is mixing baking soda and vinegar. Pour the solution down the drain and let it sit for a couple of hours before flushing it with hot water.
Reduce Water Pressure
High water pressure may be great when you’re taking a shower or filling up a tub. But, it will increase your water bill and the chances of leaks in your pipes. High water pressure can strain the valves, joints, and pipes, which can cause cracks.
If your home’s water pressure goes beyond 80 psi, it’s best to get in touch with your regular plumber. They can quickly install a pressure regulator so your water pressure won’t be strong enough to damage your pipes.
Replace Old Pipes
While pipes can last for a long time with proper care, they don’t necessarily last forever. They can still break and deteriorate after a couple of decades. If you’re living in a particularly old house, it’s best to check your pipes and replace old ones before they cause a problem.
The average lifespan of a pipe depends on the material. PEX supply lines only last about 25-40 years. Meanwhile, brass supply pipes can last for 40-70 years. But, keep in mind that your pipe’s lifespan can go below or beyond its average years, depending on how you take care of it.
Call Premier Plumbing and Leak Detection, LLC
By being mindful and careful of how you use it, your plumbing system can last for a lifetime and stay in tip-top shape. For regular plumbing maintenance, get in touch with Premier Plumbing and Leak Detection, LLC. Our team of professionals will ensure that your pipes won’t cause any problems or inconvenience.