Although we, as homeowners, cannot entirely prevent plumbing problems, there are things we can do to reduce the possibility of them. Preventative maintenance and upkeep is extremely important and necessary as a homeowner. Even if you are a new homeowner, or someone who owns a house with minimal plumbing knowledge, you can complete these simple DIY preventative maintenance steps.
Immediately fix clogged toilets
Clogged toilets are extremely inconvenient. They prevent you from using the bathroom and can actually affect other water systems throughout the household. One of the biggest mistakes that you can make with clogged toilets is putting off the task of unclogging it. You might be tempted to wait until you can call a plumber or until someone else in the household can fix it, but this can actually cause more damage. Unless you can call a plumber immediately, you should attempt to unclog the toilet yourself. Otherwise, eventually the clog can backup into your shower and even your drains.
Tree root prevention
The majority of America?s homes currently have outdated plumbing equipment. This means that the piping and other materials used are many years old and can cause plumbing problems. In order to fully replace them, however, you would have to dig up the entire yard. One of the most common problems associated with outdated plumbing is tree roots. Underground tree roots can grow into the plumbing system and cause it to block. Eventually, you are left with a flooded house and a completely backed up plumbing system.
Although you cannot entirely prevent this from occurring, without fully replacing all of your plumbing, you can keep up with regular rooter services. These rooter services come out, usually annually, to inspect for the growth of any tree roots. They can also place tablets into the plumbing system that will stop the growth of any of these tree roots. The good thing about this service is that you are aware of any potentially hazardous plumbing problems, before they become too large of a problem and cost you thousands and thousands of dollars in repairs.
Sewer line repairs
You may not have the ability to complete sewer line repairs on your own, but you can stay consistent with inspections. If your plumbing system is outdated, you will want to schedule annual plumbing inspections. These inspections look at all of the different aspects of the plumbing and are able to identify problems. They may offer you specific recommendations, things that you can do yourself. This usually includes using regular drain cleaning products, specialized toilet tablets, and upgrading water systems. Regular plumbing inspections are perhaps, the best step you can take in preventing large scale problems from occurring.
Fixing and cleaning clogged drains
Clogged drains are similar to clogged toilets. Yet for some reason, people are more tempted to use drains and sinks that are clogged. They may still attempt to wash their hands or dishes in a sink that is clearly clogged. This can make the problem even worse. Clogged drains should not be used and they should be immediately unclogged. If you are unable to unclog the drain on your own, consider scheduling a clogged drain service. Reduce the number of clogged drains by doing regular drain cleanings. Carefully wash out your sink when you notice large amounts of hair or other debris in it. These items can quickly block the drain and cause plumbing problems.
Plumbing is one of the most important resources in our households. This can make it especially difficult when we experience plumbing problems. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to keep up with plumbing preventative maintenance. These tasks, including immediately unclogging toilets, keeping drains cleaned, scheduling tree rooting services, and having regular plumbing inspections, can reduce the chances of large scale plumbing problems.
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