If you are a homeowner, maintenance to things like the roof, exterior of your home and mechanical systems are things that you will have to deal with regularly. Knowing how to deal with problems like plumbing leaks, clogged drains, and winter pipe damage can greatly reduce damage and the cost of repairs to fix issues with plumbing. The following simple guide will help you deal with some of the most common plumbing problems and get them under control before they turn into expensive repair and renovation projects:
Dealing with The Roots of Problems That Start Outside of Your Home
The trees and other plants around your home can be one of the causes of major problems with your plumbing, sewer lines, septic systems, and other buried utilities. Trees should be a safe distance away from any type of pipe or mechanical conduit. If there are trees and pipes that are close, install a root barrier system or remove the plants and trees to prevent roots from growing inside the pipes and forming a ball that can cause serious plumbing problems.
Routine Plumbing Inspections to Locate and Repair Minor Leaks That Cause Damage
It is also a good idea to do routine inspections of your plumbing for problems like minor leaks. Check the areas where pipe connections can get bumped and leak, such as underneath sinks, the seal around a toilet and the water supply lines for plumbing fixtures and appliances. In addition, you may also want to occasionally have a plumbing service inspect pipes, as well as mechanical systems like water heaters and boilers to ensure they do not have any problems that need to be repaired.
Quickly Getting Winter Plumbing Problems Under Control Before They Cause Serious Damage
During the winter months, cold weather can cause a risk of pipes cracking or bursting. Sometimes, these problems may not be as obvious if the pipe is only cracked or leaking. During the winter months, make sure to routinely check pipes and be vigilant for signs of water damage in your home. When there is a problem with winter pipe damage, turn the main water supply off immediately and contact a plumbing service for help with emergency repairs before more serious problems and water damage spread throughout your home.
Dealing with And Preventing Flooding Due to Drainage Systems and Backed Up Sewer Lines
Older homes often lack the backflow prevention devices that protect your home from flooding during heavy rains. It is a good idea to have backflow prevention devices installed in the lower areas of your home; especially if you have a finished basement with plumbing for a bathroom or kitchen. In addition, install a sump pump and well in the lower areas of your home or basements to deal with excess water and moisture that does get into your home.
This is a simple guide to help with some of the most common plumbing problems that affect homeowners' every year. If you need help with maintenance, repairs or improvements, contact a plumbing service to ensure minor problems due not lead to major damage to your home.