One of the usual problems that homeowners face is plumbing failure. From leaks in the foundation to burst pipes in the attic, fixing plumbing issues can be costly and time-consuming. Fortunately, you can take a few easy steps to extend the lifespan of your plumbing fixtures.
Be Proactive and Attentive
If your plumbing fixtures are over ten years old, it may be time for a check-up or replacement. Here are some ways to prolong the life of your plumbing fixtures:
Regularly inspect your plumbing fixtures for signs of wear and tear. This includes checking for leaks, corrosion, and cracks. If you notice any issues, act right away.
Use quality plumbing fixtures. Cheap fixtures can often be made of lower-quality materials that eventually wear out. Look for reputable brands with a good reputation for quality products.
Be proactive about maintenance. Keep your plumbing clean and debris-free by using a plunger or hose to clear blockages regularly. Avoid overloading your fixture by using the correct water when washing dishes or cleaning floors. Use only as much water as necessary.
Be attentive to your plumbing system. If you observe any problems with your plumbing, don't wait to act. Call a professional immediately to check for any issues and make any necessary repairs.
Educating young children on what can you flush down the toilet is another proactive step you can take to make sure your plumbing fixtures continue to work accordingly.
Avoid DIY Fixes
If you want to keep your plumbing fixtures in good condition for longer, it is crucial to take some proactive steps.
Make sure you keep the water clean. Dirty water can damage pipes and fixtures. Run your faucet and dishwasher without waiting for the whole cycle, and then wait five minutes before using the water again. If you have hard water, use a water softener. Learning how to install a water softener can help to preserve your system. If you notice any issues with your current water softener, it is essential to schedule a water softener repair right away.
Inspect your plumbing regularly. If something looks wrong, don't wait until it's too late to take action. Look for leaks, cracks or puddles on the floor or in the sink. Check your water pressure gauge to make sure it is operating correctly. If you see anything amiss, call a professional right away.
Don't overtighten screws or bolts. Over-tightening can cause leaks and damage to fixtures. Use a screwdriver the correct size for the screws or bolts you use.
Ensure your plumbing is correctly insulated against freezing temperatures. Frozen pipes can break and create huge messes. Ensure your pipes are adequately insulated - both above and below the ground - with proper insulation materials such as foam, caulk or rigid insulation batts (R-19).
Schedule Regular Service
Regular maintenance and scheduled service on your plumbing fixtures can extend the lifespan of these components and help prevent expensive repairs after a few years. Here are some tips to keep your plumbing in good shape:
Check for clogs and debris build-up: Unplug and check all the drainage pipes leading away from your sink, dishwasher and bathtub for anything blocking them. Call a plumber to clear a drain if debris is blocking it.
Clean out the sink trap: Remove the drain stopper and use a plunger to clear any food or grease build-up from under the sink trap. Use a clean brush to clean the sides and bottom of the trap.
Check faucets for leaks: Turn off the water supply to each faucet and depress the lever until it snaps back into place. Look for drips or slow-running water when you move the faucet handle. If you see water trickling, turn off the main water supply to the house and call a professional.
When it comes to your plumbing fixtures, it's important to take care of them, so they last as long as possible. Seeking the assistance of a plumbing professional is another excellent step to ensure your system continues to function without issues.
Our team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing can schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to ensure your plumbing fixtures remain fully functional for years to come.