Guest post by Michaella P.
While many homeowners get caught up in the search for value-adding home improvements like vamping up the flooring, giving the kitchen a makeover, or transforming the bathroom, it’s still fundamental to prioritise home maintenance.
A major component of home maintenance is keeping the plumbing system in good condition. So many costly repairs can emerge if plumbing maintenance is neglected. So, it’s best to do everything you can to keep this area of home maintenance on your list of priorities as a homeowner.
With this, we’ve listed five ways you can maintain your home’s plumbing system.
Clear Drain Clogs
It’s crucial to clear drain clogs as soon as possible; leaving the clog will allow the build-up to fester, harden, and cause damage.
It’s fairly easy to clear a drain clog right away. Purchase a drain cleaning product at your local grocery store and follow the straightforward instructions. Otherwise, you can use a homemade mixture of bicarb and vinegar to loosen the clog.
But if the clog isn’t cleared with these efforts, it’s best to consult a drain repair service before the problem leads to extensive plumbing damage.
Stop Running Toilets
Running toilets are so much more than a mere annoyance. The constant loss of water can ultimately cost a fortune in utilities, so it’s best to fix this issue right away as well.
To fix a running toilet, lift the lid on the tank and assess the floater and connection. You’ll find a loose or missing pin. Simply replacing this pin and ensuring it controls the floater is all it takes to mend the issue.
Fix Leaking Faucets
Leaking faucets can also be exceptionally annoying; the constant dripping is often enough to cause anyone a sleepless night. But beyond water loss, leaky faucets can also lead to rising dampness and other plumbing issues, so it’s essential to fix this issue right away.
You’ll need to switch off the main water supply before you get started. Then remove the faucet handle by lifting the cover and removing the main screw. Then unscrew the faucet mechanism and find the tap washer on the bottom. Remove the washer and replace it with a new one.
If you have any issues with this replacement process, you can call a local plumber to handle the washer replacement for you.
Monitor Water Pressure
There are several reasons water pressure can decrease in a home’s plumbing system. Some of the more common reasons are clogged drains, leaks, and faulty regulators.
It’s best to simply monitor the water pressure and contact a plumber when you notice lacking pressure becomes a problem.
Prevent Frozen Pipes In Winter
Frozen pipes can lead to bursts and leaks that can cause extensive damage. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent pipes from freezing, even if you live in a colder climate region.
Insulate pipes that are exposed using insulation tape, and be sure to let hot water run through taps daily to keep the pipes from freezing.