Your plumbing system is a vital network of pipes, pumps, and other components that rely on one another for the system to work as a whole. Any damage in one part of the system will surely present itself in other parts of the system. If you want to get the most out of your plumbing system, then you ought to pay attention to each component with equal seriousness. In this article brought to you by Neighborhood Plumbing, we will go over some ways to make sure your pipes last as long as possible. If you want to consult with or hire an insured plumber, then feel free to call Neighborhood Plumbing any time of the day. We are always available for emergency dispatches, so don’t hesitate to call.
Steer Clear of Chemical Drain Cleaners
Chemical drain cleaners are popular for their ease-of-use and effectiveness. These chemicals are often simply poured into the drains where they eat away at blockages, but these obstructions are not the only things the chemicals will eat away at. The harsh chemicals in these products can break down even your pipes, weakening them and making them susceptible to leaks and bursts. These are especially harmful if you have a septic system installed as the chemicals can kill beneficial bacteria in the septic tank.
Invest in Routine Drain Cleaning
You must regularly clear out drains if you want to avoid clogs, though. While chemical drain cleaners are dangerous, there are natural alternatives as well as professional drain cleaning. We recommend that homeowners rinse drains with hot water for a few minutes once a week and flush them with baking soda and vinegar once every few months. Additionally, invest in routine drain cleaning about once every couple of years for drains that flow seamlessly.
Don’t Ignore Leaks and Clogs
Small leaks and slow drainage might seem like minor inconveniences at worst, but they can actually take a turn for even worse. Clogs can quickly turn into water or sewage backups or, worse, damaged pipes. Leaks themselves are already a damage but ignoring them will make way for bigger headaches down the line. Look out for signs of leaks and clogs, and schedule an appointment to have them repaired or cleaned as soon as possible. Neighborhood Plumbing is proud to be available around the clock to help.
Make Sure Water Pressure Is Right
Pumps in the plumbing system ensure water gets to your household plumbing fixtures with the right amount of water pressure. No one likes to take a shower with drips of water, after all. However, too much of anything is a bad thing. This applies to water pressure as well. High water pressure can wear out and damage pipes. Make sure your home’s PSI stays below 85 to ensure your pipes are not prematurely expired.
Call Neighborhood Plumbing When You Have Problems
As we mentioned, damage in one part of the plumbing system will affect other parts of the system. The sooner you deal with damaged pipes, the better. Call Neighborhood Plumbing as soon as you notice issues so we can get started on a plumbing repair and prevent further damage.