Plumbing Maintenance

Your Complete Plumbing Care Guide to Prevent Leaks and Maintain a Healthy System

Preventing leaks takes a little time out of your day on a regular basis, but the financial and peace of mind rewards can be substantial.

Preventative maintenance can prolong the life of your plumbing system. That’s because these small steps can prevent clogs and keep plumbing leaks from forming at all, or at least will help to minimize damage.

Curious to see what these steps are? We’ve put together an easy-to-follow guide for your reference.

Drain Cleaners are Bad. Here is Why

Chemical Clog RemoverWhile pouring a commercial cleaner down your drain will likely remove that pesky clog, that immediate gratification comes at a cost.

The hydrochloric acid that breaks up the clog will also attack your pipes. Eventually, it will eat away at those too, causing leaks.

Instead of using a drain cleaner, try breaking up a clog with a plumbing snake. For really stubborn clogs, you may need to assistance of a plumber. You can avoid most clogs by being careful about what goes down the drain and by having regular drain cleanings done by a plumber.

Water Pressure Matters

Low Water PressureIt’s great to have high water pressure when you are filling a pot or having a shower, but when you are trying to prevent leaks, high water pressure works against you.

Check your water pressure. It should register in the 50-60 psi range. Sometimes you may find that it is even close to 80 psi, which is dangerous. If it’s too high, install a pressure regulator.

Avoid Pipe Corrosion

Pipe CorrosionAnother major concern for your pipes is the negative impact of corrosion. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t age that causes pipes to decay and leak, as much as it is corrosion.

There are a number of things that you can do to slow corrosion and prevent leaks. Ensure water temperature isn’t too high; very hot water will encourage corrosion.

By the same token, don’t let water stand in pipes for very long, because this will speed up the rust. Run water frequently. Test your water’s PH on a regular basis. It can be helpful to install a water pressure regulator.

Finding Leaks

Identify a LeakBe proactive about identifying and fixing leaks, because you will avoid a lot of damage and cost. Inspect visible pipes and look for signs of moisture, rust and pooling water.

Look under sinks in the cabinetry. Look at the flooring around water-using appliances. Don’t forget to check hose bibs outside.

It’s also a good idea to check your lawn for sunken patches, which could be a sewer line leak or a leak in your irrigation system. Take care of your Mermaid Waters, Queensland home and it will take care of you!