Six Preventative Plumbing Maintenance Tips for DIY-ers!

February 5, 2020

Ah, home plumbing. You do your best to keep your water pipes and plumbing system in good working order to steer clear of costly repair bills and inconveniences. To do this, however, you need to know plumbing basics—including what to do when a pipe breaks, a toilet clogs, your water heater acts up or a faucet starts leaking. But the most ideal thing would be to practice smart preventative maintenance to avoid plumbing problems altogether.

Let’s begin by running through everything that uses water in your home. Included in your water/plumbing system are bathroom and kitchen sinks, toilets, showers, the water heater, refrigerator, washing machine and dishwasher. All of these water features and appliances can be maintained to prevent serious plumbing problems.

Here are six tips to help you get through DIY plumbing maintenance in Coweta County, GA:

  • Handle slow drains: Slow-draining water is not a good sign. Since this often points to a clog, try flushing a homemade mixture of hot water and vinegar down the problem drain. Do this every few months to keep things flowing.
  • Fix faucet leaks: Dripping faucets may not seem like a big deal, but all those individual drips add up over time. It can waste a lot of water and cause water damage. You can prevent problems by checking faucets regularly for leaks and making repairs as soon as you notice them.
  • Fix problem toilets: Toilet leaks can be traced back to a faulty seal around the valve seat, which can make your toilet run without flushing. Over time, gunk may form around the valve seat and flapper, preventing the flapper from sealing properly. This is what causes the water to run continuously. If this isn’t your particular problem, the issue could be with the tank stopper or handle.
  • Check pipes for water leaks: It’s good practice to check all exposed pipes and water-using appliances for leaks on a regular basis. For large appliances—like refrigerators, washing machines and water heaters—refer to owner’s manuals for specific manufacturer maintenance requirements. Be on the lookout for visible signs of leaks, such as water stains on ceilings and walls or water pooling around units. Mildew and mold growth are also indicators of leaks.
  • Check the water pressure: The water pressure setting dictates how much force comes out of your faucets and shower heads. Use a pressure gauge to test the water pressure on your system to make sure it’s functioning at a safe level. You can install a pressure regulator to prevent unsafe levels.
  • Inspect the water heater: Look around the outside of your water heater for water pooling on the ground or leaking down the unit itself. Also, look at the burner chamber. There should not be flakes of rust inside the chamber, and the flame should be a blue color with no yellow mixed in.

When you find your property in need of plumbing repairs or plumbing maintenance in Coweta County, GA, don’t hesitate to call Victor Moody Plumbing Inc. Our services are available by appointment, or call 24/7 for emergency services!

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