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If you own a house, you want to make sure that you are doing what you can to keep everything in it operating properly and efficiently. So, how are you going to do that? Well, there are a number of different options, and we’re going to look at what things you could (and should) do about protecting your plumbing. After all, the plumbing in your home is going to be extremely important to you living your lives comfortably. Here are some tips to help you take care of your plumbing system.
Only Put Water Down the Drain
The first thing that you can (and should) be doing in order to protect your pipes is to not put extraneous items down your drains. Any of the drains in your home are meant for water. They’re not really meant for grease or fats. In most cases you shouldn’t put too much for other foods in the drain either. Still, these are a few of the things you should absolutely not be putting into the drain. It helps to keep your drains from clogging.
Insulate the Lines
If you have pipes that run under your Katy, TX home, in the crawlspace or basement as well as any pipes that run through outside walls, you’ll want to make sure they’re properly insulated. You can do this by putting insulation in the walls themselves and insulating the house. You can also directly insulate the pipes with an insulating sleeve. If you don’t have properly insulated pipes you’re going to need to call your Katy, TX plumber more frequently because your pipes could end up frozen when the weather gets too cold outside.
Lower the Water Pressure
Did you know that high water pressure can actually result in leaks in your water lines? Well, if you have your water pressure too high it can cause too much stress and strain on the pipes. That means the pipes could develop a leak and you definitely don’t want that to happen. You’re making all of the joints, the faucets and the valves throughout your lines work even harder, which is going to require you to hire a professional to come take care of potential leaks. And that can cost you a lot of money, when turning down the water pressure costs you nothing.
Use Softer Water
Hard water happens when there are a lot of minerals in your water and this can cause damage to the inside of your pipes. Namely, it causes minerals like calcium and magnesium to build up, which will cause the pipes to narrow and this can actually increase pressure. As a result, you could end up with leaks. You could also end up with corrosion from the inside out. Hiring a plumber to take a look will help you, as can installing a water softener. The sooner you do this the less likely you’ll need to hire that plumber for a more serious situation.
Make Sure Your Sewer Lines Stay Clear
You’re going to need to hire a plumber in order to take care of your sewer lines, but if you perform general maintenance every few years you’re going to have a much better experience. You won’t have to hire someone to come out for more serious problems. The same is true if you have a septic tank. You want to make sure that you get the septic system pumped out every few years in order to prevent it from backing up into the rest of your home. If you don’t you could end up with even more serious problems, that will definitely cause extensive damage.
Know How to Shut Off the Water
If anything ever happens and you find yourself with a leak you absolutely want to make sure that you can turn the water off immediately. The sooner you can stop water from leaking into your home the less damage you’re going to have. That means you’re going to save some money when it comes to cleaning up the mess. A plumber will be able to take care of the problems a whole lot faster and easier when they’re actually working with a small problem rather than a major one that’s going to cost a lot of money.
Run Water After Using Your Garbage Disposal
If you use the garbage disposal to get rid of food waste you want to leave cold water running for at least another 15 seconds before you turn it off. This allows the water to push the food products all the way down and through the line. That means the food isn’t going to be left in the disposal where it could rot or cause damage to the internal portion of the line. You don’t want to have to call a plumber just because you were using your garbage disposal, after all.
Avoid Harsh Chemical Cleaning Products
Harsh chemicals can cause a lot of strain and stress on your pipes. They start to break down the pipes themselves and they absolutely can cause corrosion. You want to make sure that you are using more basic cleaners that will clear the pipes but will not damage them on the way through. This allows you to keep your pipes working the way you expect them to. You’ll be able to do this easily, and this will keep you from needing to hire a plumber as frequently for damage.
When it comes to keeping your plumbing protected you will have a much better experience if you take these tips into account. You don’t want to have to hire a plumber frequently and that means you need to know about the general maintenance. Then, make sure you watch what’s going through the pipes in your home, whether it’s minerals, pressure or food waste and other items that aren’t meant to go into the septic or sewer system. When you do need a plumber call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in the Katy, TX area 281-394-0378.