An Ounce of Plumbing Maintenance Could Save You Thousands

General

Ask any plumber Howell MI, and he’ll agree that water is the single most common cause of household damage. In fact, close to 60 percent of water damage claims result from faulty plumbing systems, and professionals point out that an ounce of prevention could stop nearly 93 percent of insurance claims. But homeowners are not plumbers, so the best cautionary measure is to have a professional perform a maintenance check. 

When To Call A Plumber

It’s almost guaranteed that homeowners don’t make preventive checks around the home, especially water based appliances, and pipes, but this could dramatically reduce your reliance on plumbing professionals. Water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, sump pumps – should have any wear and tear noted, especially on those appliance parts like the hoses. 

Homeowners pay little attention to water heaters, and they have a life expectancy that is hard to predict, so checking for leaks and puddles, and following maintenance guidelines. Most people don’t feel comfortable performing a full maintenance on their water heater, and in that case, a plumbing professional should be called in. The maintenance involves closing off the water supply by the shut-off valve, and whether electric or gas, turning the power off or gas supply. That’s just the beginning because the tank must be cooled, drained, rinsed, and then re-filled. A plumber will notice any problems with the tank, like rust or anything that would lead to ruptures. Sometimes for trying to solve the problem by ourselves we end up doing a bigger damage to the equipment and the home.

Avoiding a Plumber

Many problems in the home can boil down to avoidable mistakes, like pouring grease down the kitchen drain, which can clog the drain. Dumping grease in the drain is basically like lining the pipes with glue and then wondering why food is becoming stuck in the pipes. Grease can solidify in the drain and will stick to the sides of the pipes and hoses. So, it best to discard of this in the garbage. 

Here are some other mistakes to avoid:

Do not rinse food scraps down the drain. Why? Over time it can accumulate, adhere to the pipes and become clogged. 

Do not toss items into the toilet that are not prescribed, like cotton balls, sanitary napkins, and other feminine products, hair and disposable wipes, or anything other than toilet tissue. These items can quickly cause a blockage. Toilet tissue is specifically made to dissolve within the pipes, but other items have not been manufactured this way. 

Unclogging A Drain

There are three ways a homeowner can approach a clogged drain: use a plunger, pour vinegar and baking soda down the drain, and call a plumber. 

Vinegar and baking soda is a good eco-friendly solution that won’t damage the pipes. Leave to soak in the drain for about 15 minutes before running the water. The foam created by this mixture is expected to expand towards the sides of the pipes and clean any accumulation. 

This doesn’t mean a plumber should not be contacted to perform a maintenance check on the health of your pipes. In the end, a plumber could help you avoid long-term damage to the home that will probably become costly.