If you’re a new homeowner or a long time Fredericksburg resident that doesn’t want to have to replace their plumbing systems any time soon, it’s time to start thinking about how to extend your pipe’s lifetime. Keeping your plumbing healthy and functioning doesn’t require any dangerous DIY steps. Follow these four friendly suggestions from a local plumber that will help keep your pipes happy in 2019.
1. Avoid clogs
The things you flush down your toilet and into your drains travel straight through your pipes. Your septic system may be sturdy but plumbing is not built to withstand all waste. By flushing down harmful materials, not only can you create clogs, but you could damage your plumbing and septic system as a whole.
In order to keep your plumbing healthy in 2019 and for years to come, remember to avoid putting these products into your system:
- Drain cleaners
- Feminine products
- Baby wipes and similar cleaning pads
- Cotton balls/Q-tips
Should an unexpected clog arise, invest in a good plunger and always have a reliable emergency plumber on-hand.
2. Inspect your plumbing systems every season
At the start of every season, make a note to inspect your home for anything that could be wrong with your plumbing systems. We suggest that you create a checklist that includes:
- Looking out for minor leaks
- Checking your faucets
- Monitoring your water pressure
- Searching for wet spots in the ceiling or floor of your home
3. Save your plumber some time
Even though your plumber may charge by the job, there are still some things that you can do as a courtesy for your temporary guest. Your local plumber takes great pride in getting your job done as efficiently as possible. Make their job just a bit easier by prepping the area before they arrive.
If your issue is a leaking pipe under a sink, clear out the cleaning products you probably keep in there. If your plumbing problem is in a bustling part of the house, do your part to keep your kids and pets away from the worksite.