Your plumbing system may not be the first thing you consider when you think about home maintenance, but common issues, like blocked drains, can create major problems in your home. With these maintenance tips, you can prevent problems and create a maintenance routine that keeps your plumbing working properly year after year.
Caring for Your Plumbing
Prevent Drainage Backups
Drainage issues are very common, but most blockages and backups are easy to prevent. In the kitchen, use mesh drain covers to keep food debris out of your drainage system and don't pour leftover fats and oils down the drain.
Schedule Regular Cleanings
Regular cleaning is an easy way to prevent backups and blockages. Use hot, soapy water to remove grease and buildup, and use a plastic drain snake to easily remove minor clogs in bathtubs and sinks.
Avoid chemical cleaners whenever possible. Commercial drain cleaners contain harsh ingredients that can damage plumbing pipes with frequent use.
Lower the Pressure
To reduce stress on your plumbing system, set your water pressure at or below 85 psi. Use low-flow shower heads and faucets to create an efficient system that is both budget-conscious and eco-friendly.
Contact your local water department or a plumbing professional if you need help adjusting your water pressure to the recommended level.
Seasonal maintenance is particularly important if you live in a region with cold winters. Winter maintenance includes insulating exposed water pipes, removing and draining irrigation systems and covering outdoor faucets to prevent damage caused by freezing temperatures.
Replace damaged or missing insulation as needed. If you experience frozen or burst pipes, update your insulation to a type that is recommended for the climate in your region.
Effective Septic Systems
If you have a septic system, regular maintenance promotes efficient operation with fewer backups. To encourage proper septic system operation, add live, septic system-approved bacteria to the tank regularly. Septic tank bacteria are available at most home improvement stores and online.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Southeast WI has been assisting homeowners with their plumbing issues for decades, and our expertise is unmatched! To learn more, give us a call at (262) 320-4822 or fill out our form!