The largest investment that you’ll probably ever make is in your home. Proper maintenance of your home is important but we often forget about the plumbing in the house until we have a problem and have to fork out big money to fix a problem that may have been prevented with some simple steps.
Following are some tips for preventive maintenance on your homes plumbing system that can save you money down the line:
- What’s going down your drain?
By watching what you put down the drain you can save yourself a lot of heartache and plumbing bills. In the kitchen, never allow oil or grease to go down your drain. You should also avoid allowing food to go down your kitchen drain. It’s important in the bathroom to avoid hair from building up in your drains. In the toilet only allow bathroom tissue and sewage to be flushed.
- What’s in your drain cleaners?
Avoid drain cleaners that use harsh chemicals that can sometimes cause the erosion of your pipes with repeated use. Try to choose products that are environmentally friendly and won’t leave chemical deposits in the pipes that will eventually cause you problems.
- Get to the Problem Before It Becomes a Problem
When you’re connected to a sewer line in your city it pays to have the main clean-out snaked by a plumber every few years. This will prevent blockages from building up over time.
If you have a septic tank it is very important to have the tank pumped every three to 5 years to prevent blockages and extend the life of your system.
- Winter Precautions
Many homeowners have experienced a burst pipe or two during cold weather. The best way to prevent this is to make sure that all your pipes are properly insulated to prevent freezing. You can use wraps or foam to accomplish proper insulation especially for pipes that exposed to the elements. It’s always smart to leave an outside faucet dripping slightly because flowing water will not freeze and cause a burst pipe.
- Home septic systems are very vulnerable to high stress situations. When you have big summer get-togethers it could be wise to rent some portable potties to handle the stress on your septic system. This may seem a little extreme but if your crowd is large it can make a big difference and save you money in the long run.
Like anything in your home it pays to take preventive action. With preventive maintenance you will save money and a lot of headaches.
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