The plumbing system provides essential and very important functions in any home. Despite this, it is one of the most overlooked part of most homes. Most home owners have their plumbing system attended to only when they encounter emergencies or problems. However, there are several disadvantages to waiting until emergencies occur to address plumbing problems. They include:
· Higher operational, maintenance and repair costs
· Home and property damage
· A shorter lifespan of the plumbing system
With proper care, it is possible to enjoy great benefits and service from your piping system. Some of the benefits include lower costs, increased convenience and efficiency and a prolonged lifespan of the plumbing system. Taking care of your plumbing system is pretty simple. All you have to do is:
· Address plumbing problems and emergencies immediately
· Ensure regular maintenance and repairs are carried out
· Following best practices
· Constantly upgrading
Listed below are some of the ways to properly care for your plumbing system.
Regular maintenance and repair
Regularly maintaining the plumbing system and repairing minor problems like leaks and clogs go a long way towards increasing its lifespan. It also prevents large problems from occurring, which would cost a lot more and cause you a lot of grief. It is a good practice to develop a relationship with a local plumbing service in your community that can perform routine maintenance on your system. These companies also are great advisers on preventative steps that even a novice can follow and that will save you money over time. Lesser problems arise with regular repair and maintenance, increasing the lifespan of the plumbing system.
Softening hard water
Hard water damage various parts of plumbing systems like the piping and water heater. It also damages appliances that use water such as dishwashers, fridges and water heaters. Minerals in the water lead to buildup of deposits in the piping and appliances and causes corrosion. Installing a water softener increases the efficiency and life of both appliances and plumbing systems.
Controlling water pressure
High pressures places high strain on the piping and appliances, reducing their lifespan. The increased pressure on the appliance valves, faucets and pipe joints reduces the lifespan of the plumbing system. It also increases the likelihood of leaks and damages the water heater and appliances. Installing a pressure regulating valve ensures you are able to keep the water pressure within the recommended 90 PSI.
The plumbing industry keeps advancing and each advance comes with increased efficiency, safety and durability. To ensure your plumbing system lasts longer, it is important to constantly upgrade. This ensures you are not encumbered with an inefficient and outdated system that is constantly breaking down.
Avoid products with corrosive chemicals
A lot of the products used in homes for performing everyday tasks like washing and cleaning end up in the piping system of your home. Whenever possible, try and use products that are not corrosive and don’t cause clogging. This especially applies to chemical drain cleaning products which should only be used when a plumber cannot snake a drain.
Clogging increases the water pressure in the plumbing system and causes damage to the piping. Preventing formation of clogs prevents flooding, damage to the plumbing system and inconvenience. Using screens is one simple way of preventing clogging.
Installing an expansion tank
An expansion tank ensures that excessive pressure does not buildup hot water and water heating systems. This ensures your plumbing system and water heater is not under undue pressure. This serves to increase their lifespan.