TAKING CARE OF YOUR PLUMBING
REGULAR CHECK-UPS ď‚Ą Preventative measures are the best approach to avoiding major problems with your plumbing system. Check regularly for leaks, loose connections, odours, or clogs. ď‚Ą The presence of a whistling noise while the water is running may indicate a broken faucet washer or very high water pressure. Do not ignore any problem found and have it fixed as soon as possible. The best plumbing services are those that provide on-site inspections before quotes, and prioritize maintenance calls and emergency services.
BASIC PLUMBING TOOLKIT ď‚Ą Many plumbing problems can be fixed without professional help by using some low-costing equipment. These include plumberâ€™s putty, which can seal holes and cracks temporarily until replacement. Additional tools that may be useful are a plunger for draining toilets and bathtubs, a plumbing snake for removing objects clogging the drains, and a wrench for opening pipes to fix blocked pipelines.
DRAIN CLEANERS ď‚Ą One of the primary measures that should be taken to maintain your plumbing system is the monthly use of a drain cleaner. Environmentallyfriendly drain cleaners are widely recommended today because they are biodegradable and do not cause internal plumbing erosion like some chemical cleaners. One of the best commercially available biological cleaning products is the BioChoiceESÂŽ.
DRAIN CLEANERS ď‚Ą It converts grease into water and carbon dioxide instead of emulsifying it, preventing the possibility of grease accumulation in the pipelines. Drain cleaners should be used as the last step in cleaning your plumbing. If foreign objects are obstructing the system, they should be manually removed first. ď‚Ą Face and hand protection should be worn at all times during this procedure to avoid potential health hazards from bacterial infections. In addition to cleaning of drains, regular use of water softener helps to prevent mineral and line deposit buildup in the pipelines.
FILTER INSTALLATIONS ď‚Ą Install hair traps in showers and sinks, and clean them regularly. In your kitchen, avoid disposing cooking oils, fats and grease down sinks as they may solidify and cause clogging. Install a food-grade filter in your sink to prevent blockage in the non-disposal drain.
PIPELINE INSULATION ď‚Ą Insulation will ensure that pipelines are not damaged from freezing water during periods of cold weather. Allowing taps to trickle water prevents pipeline bursts during freezing weather forecasts. ď‚Ą Insulation also ensures that condensation does not form on the surface of pipes, which is a common cause for corrosion.
TREES AND PLANTS Ensure that outdoor plants with wide root systems are not situated near your sewer lines to prevent them from blocking and damaging pipelines. Trees and shrubs need space to grow not only upwards but outwards as well and are able to penetrate most pipe surfaces for a source of moisture and water.
The distance left around a tree root system on your home property should be as large as the tree’s maximum height.
EMERGENCY SHUT-OFF VALVES AND BACKWATER VALVE Knowledge of the shutoff valves for your home’s main water supply will prove useful during emergency situations such as a burst pipeline or the malfunction of large equipment such as a washing machine. Also, by having a plumber install a backwater valve will prevent sewer backflow from being a source of basement flooding during heavy rainfall. This can save you from significant costs resulting from damage to your plumbing system.