Our quick answer is going to be “yes, of course you can!” because we want to address that right away: you absolutely have some control of how long your plumbing system lasts, so long as you follow the appropriate steps to ensure this is the case. Being that your plumbing system is one that you rely on the most in your daily life, this is essential.
We’ll admit that it’s also one of the most difficult systems to keep in great shape. At least, this is the case if you have no clue what to do. Keep reading to learn about the steps you can take to ensure your plumbing system serves you well for years to come.
Schedule Routine Maintenance
You had to know this was coming, right? The best way to ensure your plumbing system stays in tip-top shape is to contact a Layton, UT plumber for regular professional maintenance once a year. Many plumbing problems don’t give off any warning signs early on in their development. Homeowners may not even notice issues until they see the resulting water damage.
During preventive maintenance, our team will use video pipe inspection techniques to check the inside of your pipes, isolate any leaks or blockages, and repair them before they can get any worse. If you’re careful to stay on top of your preventive maintenance appointments, you can cut down on plumbing repair costs and extend the lifespan of your system.
Invest in Professional Drain Cleaning
We get it: when you have a clog, your natural inclination is to reach for the cheap drain cleaning method—you know, the chemical drain cleaners that you buy at the hardware store. The problem with this is the word chemical. The chemicals in these solutions are corrosive and eat away at your pipes.
Besides, store-bought solutions are temporary at best. This means that you might be using this solution every 3–6 months, thinking you’re doing your pipes a favor, but actually doing more harm than good and increasing the risk that you’ll have to replace pipes sooner than you would have had to otherwise.
Treat Hard Water
Hard water is water with a high presence of the minerals magnesium and calcium in it. These minerals are harmless to ingest, and homeowners who already know this are wary about doing anything to resolve the matter. However, just because hard water won’t hurt you doesn’t mean it won’t hurt your plumbing system.
In fact, hard water creates a buildup that clogs and damages your pipes. Not only will you likely find your need for drain cleaning increasing, but your pipes may not last as long as they would have with a hard water solution. That solution is a professionally installed water softener.
Call for Repairs When Necessary
This is our last tip, but not our least important one, on how to prolong the life of your plumbing system. No matter how minor a plumbing repair need may seem, it’s important to get a professional on it as soon as you can. The sooner you do, the better off your plumbing system will be.
So if you notice something like a pinhole leak beneath your sink, a drippy faucet, a drop in water pressure (never a good sign), or if you suspect that your water bills are unreasonably higher than they were this time last year, it’s time to call in a pro. These are all signs you need repairs from trained and experienced plumbers.
Contact your HVAC and plumbing experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service today!