One of the best lines of defense against clogs, leaks, and busted pipes is preventative plumbing maintenance. Keeping up with all of the systems that use water in your home and ensuring that they are well maintained can save you from unnecessary headaches down the road. By preventing potential issues from turning into major problems, you will save money and time. Here are 10 preventative plumbing maintenance tips from the experts.

  1. Preventing clogs by having your sewer lines snaked from time to time can prevent the possibility of ruptured lines.
  2. Check hoses for damage and replace them as needed. If you notice any leaks, cracks, or brittleness it is time for a new hose.
  3. Inspect your hot water heater for rust and flame quality. The flame should be blue with no yellow. If you see yellow in the flame, it is an indicator that you need to have your jets cleaned.
  4. Sediment can build up in your hot water heater. It is a good practice to drain it at least once a year to remove sediment.
  5. Remove your shower head and clean it periodically. This can improve the water pressure you get for your shower and help you to identify any damage.
  6. Have a water pressure regulator installed to ensure that your water pressure is at a constant safe level.
  7. Be sure to never flush anything but toilet paper down your toilet. Paper towels, facial tissues, and wet wipes can lead to a clogged toilet or sewage line.
  8. Leaky or running toilets should be fixed immediately. These issues are typically easy fixes, but can lead to bigger, more expensive problems if left unresolved.
  9. If any of your drains are draining slowly, be sure to get them unclogged. The problem may not seem bad at first, but the clog will continue to worsen and will end up being more of a hassle to get clear.
  10. Leaky faucets are another problem that can be costly over time, if left unattended. Be sure to get any leaks fixed to save on water costs and prevent potential water damage.

Following these simple tips can save you hundreds of dollars in costly repairs down the road. The best way to avoid big plumbing issues is to catch them when they are still small. If you need any help with plumbing repairs or maintenance, reach out to Harvey Plumbing at (903) 534-5600.