Homeowners rarely carry out maintenance tasks when it comes to their plumbing system. They address a clog when one arises or install a low-flow fixture when they realize the water pressure in their home is too high and it is putting stress on their pipes. In addition, a homeowner may choose to install a water softener as they see hard water is doing harm to their plumbing system and their household appliances.
Men and women should consider hiring a plumber to run a snake through their municipal sewer lines every few years. Although they may not be experiencing problems, plumbers say tree roots often make their way into the pipes and the homeowner doesn’t know it until they notice the water isn’t flowing freely from the home any longer or their drains begin to back up. This can be prevented by having a plumber run a snake through the lines to remove obstructions before they begin to cause problems.
Every homeowner must know where their main water shut-off valve is, so they can stop the flow of water if a problem arises. This should be done as soon as a leak is detected because a leak of any size can bring about pipe corrosion at a rapid rate. Furthermore, the homeowner may also find they are dealing with significant water damage or mold if the problem isn’t addressed right away. The same holds true when it comes to exposed pipes. Never hang things from them, as doing so could loosen joints and fasteners.
After using your garbage disposal, always run water through the system for 15 seconds to clear any remaining debris. This helps to prevent clogs from developing in the line. Furthermore, know which items should and should not go through the disposal. For example, eggshells and potato peelings clog up the disposal and can lead to its failure. The same holds for pasta, which absorbs water and expands. This could lead to a clog further down the line that takes sewage away from the home. Use the trash can for all food items and reserve the disposal for small pieces that get past you.