When something goes wrong with your plumbing, it can be extremely disruptive to your everyday life, not to mention potentially destructive to your home. Looking after your plumbing and keeping everything well maintained is the best way to reduce the risk of plumbing problems in your home.
With that in mind, we’ve got some tips to help you keep your pipes in good condition, helping to prevent problems like burst, clogged, and leaky pipes.
Insulate your pipes
Frozen pipes not only cut off your water supply until they are thawed, they can also lead to your pipes bursting as the water expands inside them as it freezes. To prevent these problems, you can add insulation around your pipes to keep the water temperate even during cold winters.
Watch what you wash down there
Rinsing your plates in the sink after eating could lead to food waste being washed down the drain, along with other debris from day-to-day use, like hairs clogging your shower drain. All of this can build up in the pipes and contribute toward a clog. Be careful about what you let wash down the drain, and definitely don’t rinse oil or kitchen grease down the drain. Consider installing a mesh strainer over your drain to prevent large particles from washing down.
Reduce your water pressure
Although high water pressure feels nice in the shower, it could be placing to much strain on your pipes and appliances. Test your water pressure to ensure it lies in the range of 40-85 psi. If it is higher than this, then your plumbing is more likely to develop leaks due to the powerful pressure. You may be able to lower your water pressure if it is too high. If not, then you can call a plumber to install a pressure reducer for you.
Have them professionally maintained
It’s a good idea to call your local plumber at least once a year to check your drains and pipes. They will be able to spot any potential problems early and fix them efficiently. Professional drain cleaning will also help to keep them in good condition. Avoid cleaning your drains with store-bought cleaners as this can do more harm than good.
Whether you need maintenance services for your kitchen plumbing or an emergency plumber to repair a problem with your water pipes, we’re here to help. We help to keep your pipes and plumbing in ship-shape around Lewisville, Clemmons, and Winston Salem.