Homeowners tend to ignore their plumbing until something starts leaking or they have a flood. Proper maintenance can go a long way in preventing that from happening. It can also save you a ton of money on costly repairs. If you want to save on costly repairs here are some maintenance tips your friendly plumber recommends to keep your plumbing flowing smoothly.
- Check Your Pipes for Leaks
This should go without saying but even the smallest of leaks can turn into a huge disaster. Once the small leak gets bigger not only will you have to get in an emergency plumber to fix the leaks but you can end up with thousands of dollars in water damage. So not only should you check the pipes that you can easily see but go into your basement or garages to look at the pipes you don’t see everyday. Make sure that you thoroughly check the pipes that are not insulated.
- Prepare for Winter
If you live somewhere that experiences big temperature changes over the year then you need to shut off the water to the outside faucets and drain the pipes of any water. If there is water trapped the pipes will crack or break. Take all the hoses and move them inside, and insulate any pipes where you can.
- Weatherproof Your Home
In the areas that have exposed plumbing like in your basement for example, check and make sure that all the doors and windows are properly sealed and insulated. Not only will this save you on utility bills it will keep your pipes from freezing in the winter. Not only that you should also insulate all the exposed pipes that you can.
- Keep Your House Warm
Most of the plumbing issues that homeowners face in the winter come from outdoor pipes, but if you like to spend your winters in warmer climates or even just go away for the holidays you still need to take care. Indoor pipes can also freeze if the temperature goes too low. Keep the internal thermostat set to at least 55F to keep your home warm enough. The last thing you want to do is come home to a flooded frozen house.
- Look into a Home Maintenance Program
Many residential plumbers will keep a close eye on your home plumbing system and pop by once a year to do a thorough inspection to make sure you’re not looking at any potential leaks or floods. Yes, there is a charge for the service but it will save you tons in the long run. You can also have the peace of mind of knowing your pipes are in good hands.