All homeowners know that it is essential to be vigilant in order to ensure that the plumbing system in your home is running smoothly. However, it is easy to let small problems fall to the wayside in lieu of more pressing day-to-day issues. Because the majority of your plumbing system is hidden from view it is easy to let it’s maintenance slip from your mind until a bigger issue occurs. Trying to fix a larger problem could cause you unnecessary stress and may be a financial burden. Many homeowners make similar mistakes when it comes to preventative maintenance with their plumbing systems. In order to keep your home’s plumbing system healthy, avoid falling for these common plumbing myths.
You can find many plumbing “miracles in a bottle” at your local store, but many times using these solutions just buys you a little time before you have to deal with the real issue. Though it is sometimes comforting to believe that squirting a solution in your toilet and flushing it away will solve all of your problems, sometimes there is more that may need to be done to correct a problem with your plumbing. There are numerous types of troubleshooting that need to be done regularly, especially when you notice something wrong. For instance, it is necessary to inspect all faucets, wiring, sink piping, pressure release valves and other areas of your plumbing systems. Being aware of the various parts of your plumbing system and making sure that they are working properly can alert you to a potential problem.
Though many people are not bothered by a leaky faucet, this is one major signal that there may be an underlying problem. Just ignoring the incessant dripping from your faucet will cost you extra on your water bill and may also lead to bigger problems in the near future. The fact of the matter is that all faucets in your house should maintain proper water pressure and should be free from leaks and drips. If all the pieces of your plumbing system, like pipes and washers, are installed correctly, the entire system should run smoothly. If you see a drip in your faucet, even a minor one, don’t ignore it. Make sure you call your plumber for a proper evaluation of the problem.
Often times the plumbing fixtures in your home appear to be functioning properly with little hiccups. Sometimes, the water in your pipes runs a little slower, or you need to “jiggle the handle” on your toilet to get the water to stop running. Though they do seem to be functioning now, they may be on the brink of failure. If your faucets are losing a little bit of water pressure here and there, there may be tiny leaks and cracks setting you up for a dangerous situation a little down the line. If your drains are running a bit slower than usual, they may be getting jammed with debris which can lead to a more serious clog if left unattended. Your home’s plumbing is a very delicate system and even minor issues can throw the whole system out of whack. Just because everything seems to working as it should, it may still help to call your plumber to be sure there are no problems.
Many homeowners find it hard to justify spending the time and money on having a plumber come out to their house when there is no discernible problem. However, regular service is essential for making your pipes last a long time. Having a service contract with your plumber will not only help to ensure that your plumbing is working efficiently for as long as possible, but it could also help you to detect small problems before they become more detrimental to your home.
If you choose not to use regular servicing from your plumber to keep your system in proper working order, it is important to keep your eyes open for any issues. If you notice a problem, the earlier you call for help, the better.