Most of us don’t even think about our plumbing — until something goes wrong. Taking a few simple steps to properly maintain your plumbing goes a long way when it comes to preventing problems, and saving money, and improving your home plumbing. Here are five things you can do to extend the life of your home plumbing and prevent little issues from becoming big problems.
Don’t DIY Big Plumbing Projects
Small things that don’t require in-depth expertise or tools can easily be done at home if you are handy or good at general home improvement. Replacing a shower head, for example, is easy — replacing your hot water heater is not. Your home is not an ideal place to practice or hone your plumbing skills. Hire a professional plumber for larger projects that could impact your home’s value or could potentially damage your floors, walls or other surfaces. Quality plumbing and pipes, when properly cared for, can add to your home’s value and the overall enjoyment of your space.
Know What to Flush
Kids’ toys are by far the top culprit when it comes to foreign objects fished from the toilet, but other items can also do some serious damage to your plumbing system and cause bigger plumbing problems down the line. Teach kids not to flush toys or other random items down the toilet. Don’t attempt to flush miscellaneous items down the toilet to get rid of them. Common plumbing hazards, when flushed, include diapers (often flushed accidentally), hair, makeup sponges, food and beverages, and baby wipes and cleaning wipes, even if they’re labelled as flush-able. Some of these can catch a snag, get stuck, and clog your pipes—while others can stain the bowl and create a cleaning nightmare for you.
Get to Know Your Plumbing
It’s important to know what kind of plumbing and pipe setup you have, including the type of pipes, plumbing fixture styles and more. This will make it easier for you to fix minor items on your own (by looking your model up online) or to describe the problem to a professional plumber before they arrive. It’s also important to know where your shutoff valves are, just in case you do have a problem. In case of an emergency, you’ll be able to quickly turn off the water to stop additional flooding and call your local quality plumbing company.
Get Regular Plumbing Inspections
Professional plumbing services in Tucson can provide you with insight into your plumbing, which will include your bathroom, kitchen and utility areas. An inspection can spot little problems before they turn into big ones that are expensive, which means you’ll save money in the long run. A missed repair can lead to an expensive emergency visit if you don’t keep up with the small stuff.
Keep Plumbing Supplies on Hand
Simple things like clogged drains can often be fixed as home improvement projects—provided you have the right equipment. Keep a few plumbing tools on hand to handle slow drains and basic clogs, without calling a plumber.
Get Expert Plumbing Help in Tucson
No matter how well you care for your plumbing, emergencies do happen. That’s why we’re open 24 hours and offer 24/7 emergency service. We are set up to deploy swiftly to your home or business—every second counts in a plumbing emergency. Contact us to learn how easy it is to protect your Tucson area home or business with a plumbing inspection and discover the difference our team can make.