Plumbing is one of the most important systems in the home and yet it is one of the least thought about, until serious problems occur. Reduce the likelihood of problems turning serious by having plumbing maintenance performed. Here’s what you need to know.
Almost every homeowner or renter has a few essential tools on hand to cope with minor plumbing emergencies. Many times, a clogged toilet or slow drain may need a little elbow grease and a plunger to work as intended. If you’re handy around the house, you can generally tackle a small repair such as changing out a worn washer or replacing a drain cover. However, bigger plumbing repair jobs need professional attention. Trying to repair some common issues such as slow drains or leaking toilets could lead to bigger problems later.
Plumbing maintenance can simply be defined as performing maintenance tasks on plumbing systems before larger problems occur which can cause great inconvenience and be very costly to repair.
During plumbing maintenance, a licensed plumber will perform a complete evaluation of your home plumbing system. Routine plumbing maintenance keeps systems running smoothly and helps you to avoid unexpected, and sometimes quite costly, repairs.
Many Large-scale plumbing issues should always be handled by a professional, but there are plenty of simple techniques and procedures you can use to perform basic preventive maintenance. You may use your sinks and tubs daily, but you might not notice minor concerns unless you set aside time for an inspection. Go through your home and take a look at your plumbing. Examine all exposed pipes, including under sinks and behind toilet tanks, for any signs of moisture.
Some of the maintenance duties a licensed plumber can perform include:
- drain treatment to maximize flow rate
- cleaning of garbage disposals and water heaters
- pressure tests to detect hairline leaks
- water pressure assessment and adjustment
Common Plumbing Repair Jobs
- Dripping Faucets
- Low Water Pressure
- Running Toilet
- Leaky Pipes
- Slow or Clogged Drains
Do-It-Yourself Plumbing Repair Tips
Before tackling any repair, turn off the water main.
Dress to get wet. Even if you’re careful, plumbing maintenance and repair is a messy task.
The adage to measure twice and cut once applies to pipes, washers and other fittings as well as to carpentry. When possible, take parts to be replaced to the hardware store with you to be sure you’re buying the right item.
Keep a professional plumber’s number handy. You may not need the number, but if you snap off a valve and have a geyser in your kitchen, you’ll be glad you kept it near your phone.
When to Call a Professional Plumber
Some issues are too dangerous or complicated to tackle alone. Hire a certified plumber for the following tasks for your safety and the integrity of your home:
- installation of new pipes, sinks or tubs
- water heater problems
- new construction that requires building permits
- septic tank leaks
- sewer line breaks or leaks