Your home's plumbing is one of the most crucial systems. This is why it is important to carry out regular preventative measures to ensure that it is not susceptible to problems. In addition to preventative measures, homeowners should ensure that any plumbing issues are addressed posthaste. Failure to do so can lead to an array of plumbing emergencies, water damage and more. Here are some of the preventative plumbing maintenance measures you to should do to keep your plumbing system in optimal condition.
Regularly clean out interior and exterior drains
Your drainage system is one of the components of your plumbing system that is susceptible to plumbing problems. This is because all water and waste goes down these drains. If not well maintained, blockages begin to form and this could lead to clogs in different parts of your home. The first thing to do is regularly flush your drainage systems with hot water. This ensures that any grease or oil that is trapped in the drains is washed away; hence, reducing the risk of debris being caught within your drainage system.
Another preventative measure would be installing strainers in your sinks. Strainers catch small debris that would typically make their way down the sink undeterred such as stray hair, small food particles and more. They may seem harmless but left unchecked they eventually cause clogging.
Lastly, regularly enlist the services of professional plumbers. They will have specialised tools such as plumbing snakes that carry out a thorough inspection of your drains, which helps in spotting any potential problems before they become exacerbated.
Winterize your plumbing
Another preventative maintenance measure you should take is winterizing your plumbing when the cold months roll around. This is especially important if you will be travelling away from your home for an extended duration of time. One of the easiest ways to winterize your plumbing is ensuring that the pipes exposed to the dropping temperatures are properly insulated. These could be exterior pipes or those located in the basement.
If you will be leaving your residence for vacation during the winter, ensure that there is no water lingering in your taps. To do this, switch off the mains and then drain all your taps. Leaving water in the plumbing increases the risk of pipe bursts as the water expands and contracts due to changing temperatures. This could lead to larger, more expensive plumbing problems such as having your piping system replaced.