Plumbing maintenance is a great way to ensure you don’t end up with costly or irreversible plumbing problems down the road. Here are five essential plumbing maintenance tips everyone should know and follow to keep your plumbing in the best condition.
Clean Shower and Faucet Heads
We’re no stranger to hard water in Arizona, so showerheads and faucets can get clogged from the minerals in our water. Clogged fixtures not only have reduced water pressure, but they can be hard on your plumbing system. For good plumbing maintenance, clean your fixtures regularly to keep your plumbing system working as it should.
Fill a plastic bag with vinegar, and secure it tightly around your showerhead or faucet. Let it soak for several hours overnight. In the morning, remove the bag, and wipe your fixture clean!
Take Care of Problems as Soon as Possible
If you notice any problem, even a small one, don’t ignore it. Almost across the board, plumbing problems are easier to deal with when they’re small. If you don’t think it’s that big of a deal and ignore your small problem, it can easily become a big problem, meaning more expensive repairs or even damage to your home. Bottom line: if you notice something wrong with your plumbing, don’t wait to sort it out.
Check Your Plumbing Regularly
Checking on things like exposed pipes, your water heater, and your water pressure gauge regularly. Doing so will mean you catch leaks, mildew, rust, and abnormalities early before they have a chance to get bad. Go around and check your water heater and pipes ever so often. Your water pressure gauge should be checked once a week, to make sure it’s at a safe level. It might be annoying to check these plumbing systems regularly, but you’ll be happy you did when you notice a problem right away.
Know Locations for All Shut-Off Valves
Your home’s washing machine, sinks, toilets, and water heater all have shut-off valves. You should know where these are, as well as your home’s main water shut-off valve. This will save you time in case your plumber needs to know or there’s an emergency.
Schedule Regular Plumbing Checkups
It might not seem like it, but plumbing checkups for your home are important. It’ll keep your plumbing system running smoothly and ensures it stays in good condition for years to come. Not to mention a plumber will be able to find any issues you might not catch early on, saving you headaches and expensive plumbing repairs.
So, make sure to schedule routine maintenance for your water heater, as well as a snake of your sewer lines at least every two years to keep pipes free of clogs and buildup.
Let City Plumbing Services Handle it
Even if you follow these plumbing maintenance tips, there will come a time you need to call in a professional. No matter when that is, City Plumbing Services is ready to handle it! Contact us for reliable and professional plumbing services you can trust. We’re located in Cave Creek, but are ready to help those in Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Surprise, and most of the East Valley of Arizona.