Plumbing emergencies are stressful. Not only is there a disruption in your home’s essential water systems, but the threat of water damage and the occasional unseemly mess also threaten homeowners who suffer from temperamental pipes. Plumbing system maintenance is a way to prevent those home disasters from happening. As the adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Follow these tips to keep your plumbing systems healthy:
- If you find any leaky faucets or pipes, fix them immediately. Neglect can lead to further damage.
- Once a week, run hot water down your drains to dislodge any small buildups and keep them running.
- Make sure not to flush anything down a drain that wasn’t built to handle it. Food scraps should be composted, not washed down a drain (unless that drain has a disposal), and facial tissue, cotton balls, and other materials that weren’t meant for septic systems shouldn’t go down the toilet.
- Even if you do have a garbage disposal, know what it can and can’t handle. Many garbage disposals don’t work well with fibrous materials such as banana peels or celery, or hard-to-grind materials like poultry skins.
- Don’t dispose of grease down a drain. Instead, look for one of the Portland-area companies which recycles used grease, including cooking oils.
- If you have basement floor drains or other drains which are infrequently used, pour a bucket of water down them now and again to keep the trap seal full. This will prevent gases from the sewer system from backing up into your home.
- Check your water meter when everyone has left the house for the day, and check it again several hours later. If the reading has increased, you may have a leak in your home.
- Schedule regular professional plumbing system maintenance for any appliances which require it, such as water heaters and septic tanks.
To learn more about how plumbing system maintenance can keep you comfortable with your water supply year-round, contact us today at Roth Heating & Cooling.