If you’ve ever had to hire a plumber in the past you’ll know that it often doesn’t come cheap. However, there are a few easy things you can do to prevent expensive plumbing problems from occurring in your property.
We often tell our clients that regular plumbing maintenance is the key to a healthy system that will stand the test of time and save you money. In this blog, we’re giving you some basic easy-to-follow instructions for plumbing maintenance that we give to all our homeowners.
The easiest way to stay on top of your plumbing is by avoiding any clogged pipes in your home. Have you noticed that some drains in your home are slow? This is a sign that you may need to unclog it. Substances such as cooking grease, coffee grounds, hair and soap scum are some of the worst things for your drains. Not only is this annoying and potentially costly, but there can also be a foul smell involved. Therefore, all sinks should have a filter over the plug in order to stop this. It’s the cheapest way to avoid blockage but still many of us still don’t use them.
Another great way to prevent giant plumbing problems later is to check your pipes for leaks regularly. If you detect any leaks, get them fixed immediately. This will save you money, and it will keep catastrophic events from happening.
There are different types of leaks to keep an eye out for:
Splash leaks are the most common type of leak and that involves water escaping past a shower curtain or a shower door. Although it may sound minor, this leak causes major damage when water seeps into the subfloor where flooring meets the tub or shower. If this water pools for too long it can effect your floorboards and cause them to rot.
Drain leaks are plumbing problems which allows water to sneak around the outside of the drain where it’s connected to the bathtub or shower. These leaks can stain or destroy the ceiling below or rot floor joists. In the case of a tub set on a concrete slab, the leak will ruin flooring in the bathroom or adjoining rooms.
Additional drain leaks in kitchens and bathrooms usually occur at the drain or at the slip joints in the drainpipe. Hidden behind boxes and bottles, these leaks can damage flooring, cabinets and even ceilings below before you notice them.
We also advise our clients to treat their plumbing systems to treat their plumbing differently throughout the seasons of the year to avoid any plumbing problems. For example, during warmer weather we suggest shutting off all faucets completely to help avoid plumbing problems. We’ve put together a blog to discuss what you should do with your heating system during the summer months here.
However, during winter months, you’re supposed to leave a faucet dripping to prevent your pipes freezing up. Different temperatures call for different precautions, and there are especially many you should take as winter approaches.
Barry Ward Ltd has years of experience in plumbing maintenance and all work is carried out to comply with current installation regulations, finished to an impressively high-standard. If you need us to solve your plumbing problems, then please get in touch.
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