Preventative Care Tips to Help You Reduce Costly Plumbing Emergencies

Posted on: 3 January 2018


Whether it is a burst water pipe, leaky faucet, no hot water, a clogged drain, sewer overflow or any other problem that calls for emergency plumbing service, one thing is obvious — no homeowner fancies being faced with a plumbing emergency situation. While performing preventative maintenance cannot prevent all emergency plumbing problems that may arise in your home, it can go a long way towards reducing the number of times you may need to call an emergency plumber for assistance. 

Here are a number of essential preventative maintenance tips you can follow to avoid serious problems that may require the services of an emergency plumber. 

Maintain the right water pressure.

While water pipes and faucets may start to drip over time due to normal wear and tear, premature dripping may occur due to a high water pressure. High water pressure will stress your water pipes and faucets, thus increasing the likelihood of leaks developing. To extend the lifespan of your pipes and faucets and to prevent dripping, it is best for you to maintain normal water pressure. You can ensure this by regularly checking your water pressure at the pressure valves connected to your water supply system.

Be careful what you flush down your drains.

This may seem like an obvious thing, but it can never be overstated. Most of the clogs that occur in residential drains and sewer lines are actually as a result of flushing of wrong types of waste down the drains. Kitchen, toilet and bathroom drains are usually susceptible to clogging because that is where all manner of clog-causing refuse is discarded. Talk to your household and ask everyone to avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper down the toilet drain and to avoid turning the kitchen and bathroom sinks into garbage bins. Providing waste bins in areas of the home where people may be tempted to discard rubbish in the drains can help prevent costly clogs.

Do not disregard early signs of trouble.

As part of your preventative plumbing maintenance plan, you should also be on the lookout for trouble signs. Slow drains, gurgling sounds when you flush the toilet, small drips from your water pipes or faucets, etc. are all warning signs that you could soon be faced with a major plumbing emergency if you do not act promptly. Make sure you make minor repairs before they can snowball into costly plumbing emergencies.

The benefits of having a preventative plumbing maintenance program in place by far outweigh the costs of waiting to deal with plumbing emergencies when they arise. For that reason, you should consider devising a preventative maintenance program today if you don't already have one.