How do you tackle clogged toilets, leaking faucets or broken pipes? No one likes to face a sudden plumbing problem which can be quite stressful. A few preventive maintenance tips can help in staying away from many types of plumbing problems.
First and foremost, it is important to understand everything about your water system. You need to know about any equipment which uses water in your home such as your kitchen, toilet, utility room and even your water heater system. It is important to know how to maintain all such things, so that your plumbing problems are prevented and things go out of hand.
Here Are Some Quick Maintenance Tips:
If your shower-head is leaking or the faucet is dripping, you will not just be wasting water but adding to your bill as well. If these are not fixed on time, the drip will get worse with time. This shall lead to water damage. To prevent all such issues, you need to keep checking your faucets and showerheads regularly to detect any leak and carry out repairs as and when needed. You need to also check the handles, so that there is no dripping water when the handles are turned off. This little maintenance and alertness will help in preventing sudden breakdowns.
If you notice that water is taking time to drain from your toilet or tub, it will help in preventing a future problem. You can try a homemade solution of hot water and vinegar and flush it down the drain. If there is a minor clogging with debris, your drain shall be quickly cleared. Carry out this maintenance on a regular basis and your drain will flow smoothly.
Your water heater or even your refrigerator can be one of the sources of leakage. Check out thoroughly for any leakage signs such as stains on the ceiling or wall. Look for water puddles under the pipes, along with the presence of mildew which suggests dampness and leakage. Regular inspection will help in early detection and fixation of the problem.
Just a minor fault around a specific valve seat can lead to running toilets. This happens even when you are not using the flush. With time, gunk tends to form just around the valve seat as well as the flapper. This does not allow the flapper to close properly, causing continuous running of water. There might be a problem with the tank stopper and handle. Get it repaired soon so that future problem can be easily avoided.
As you are flushing the toilet, be careful about the things which are getting flushed down. Toilets often get clogged because of many different things which get flushed down along with water. Just before you turn the flush knob, you need to check if there is any toilet paper or other human waste in the toilet. This little alertness will help in prevent future clogs.
Keep your shower head clean always. You can remove them and clean any bit of sediment which might have accumulated, causing slow flow of water.
Keep checking all hoses for probable leakages, cracks and brittleness which means damage. You can also replace the hoses, if they are damaged beyond repair.
If you perform even a little bit of preventive maintenance it will help in avoiding any kind of future plumbing problem.
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