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Top 10 preventative plumbing maintenance tips

preventative plumbing maintenanceWhen it comes to plumbing, prevention is much easier and less costly that repairs.

You will certainly encounter a plumbing emergency, but a few simple preventative measures will help you minimize damage and frustration.

1 – Know your valves

In almost any plumbing emergency, the water supply will need to be shut off.

Finding the home’s main water shut off valve should be one of the first things you do when moving into a new home. It is usually located near the water meter, an exterior access or the well pump.

2 – Deal with drips

It’s far better to address the problem early rather than leave it till the problem gets worse. Don’t leave a dripping tap or ball valve. If you don’t replace it, you’ll end up with water pouring out of the overflow or worse.

3 – Machine hoses

The flexible hoses connecting appliances like washing machines should be checked annually for signs of wear. These hoses can suffer from a fair bit of pressure as the water is drawn and closed off. Check the connections at each end of the hoses as well.

4 – Waste outlets

Waste water pipes should be checked and cleaned at regular intervals to keep them flowing freely. Bath and shower waste outlets are prone to clogging particularly from hair. Don’t leave it until they become blocked. If you need to clear an outlet, use a plunger rather than chemicals.

5 – Hard water

If you live in a hard water area, you’re likely to have lime scale deposits build up around taps and shower heads. Use a suitable lime scale remover regularly to prevent the problem becoming too bad. Vinegar is a great alternative to expensive cleaners.

6 – Shut down water when away

As a precautionary plumbing measure, it’s always a good idea to shut off the water to your home when you will be away. Doing so will prevent major water damage that could have resulted from a major leak.

7 – Check out the heater

Regular servicing of your boiler and heater each year is vital. Make sure there are no poisonous gases escaping. Besides, the flame should be a clear, strong, blue flame, a yellow flame would indicate a problem. If you have a pressurised system, check the pressure regularly to ensure it is within the specified range.

8 – Cold weather

Any pipe work exposed to freezing conditions must be properly lagged. If you have an outside tap, isolate it during the cold weather.

9 – Emergency plumbing

Be prepared is an old saying but it certainly applies here. If you know how to deal with a plumbing emergency you could save a lot of stress and expense.

10 – Have a plumber’s number handy

No matter what plumbing emergency occurs, a professional plumber will always be able to offer advice and make any needed repairs.

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  1. I’m really glad to read this post, such an informative. As we all know plumbing problems are common to us especially when our house is old. And it’s really hard to find a plumber. Well, thank you for giving us a tips on how to preventative plumbing maintenance.

  2. I especially agree with tip number 10. The money you’re likely to save in plumber’s fees will never outweigh the potential costs that a DIY plumbing mishap will incur.