The more you put in to the maintenance and upkeep of your home, the less your chances will be of finding your home in need of expensive repairs and other problems. The plumbing in your home is one area that should be looked after carefully so you can keep everything running how it should. Read the information below to get a better idea of how to take care of your plumbing.
Prevent freezing pipes
If you get caught off guard by freezing temperatures then you want to take quick action to protect your pipes from freezing and bursting on you. Go outside and disconnect the hoses, put them up for the season after draining the water out of them. Turn the automatic sprinklers to off and turn the main water valve to the system off as well.
Even if you are going to be gone for a while, make sure you keep some heating going through the house so the pipes stay a bit warmer. To make sure the heat in your home gets to those pipes, open the cabinets pipes are kept behind. Run a thin stream of water out any faucets that's more than a fast drip, but less than a full stream. You just want to ensure water keeps going through the pipes so it can't freeze in them.
Don't clog the plumbing
Be careful of what you allow to go down your drains. Grease and oil should be thrown out and never allowed to go down the drain. Otherwise, it can harden along the lining of your pipes and allow any other food that makes its way into the drain to stick to the sides as well. This can cause stubborn clogs that are going to be difficult to free up.
If you have a garbage disposal in your sink, make sure you run ice cubes in it once in a while to help scape the blades clan and keep them sharpened. Always run water down the drain when you put food down the disposal. Also, keep foods out of it that can destroy it like bones, shells, pasta, thick fruit skins, seeds and anything else that can cause damage to the blades or expand in the drain to cause a blockage.
Have your water heater drained
If you don't have your water heater drained every once in a while then sediment can build up on the bottom of it. Eventually, this sediment can lead to higher energy bills and it can start to make its way out the faucets in your home.
Also, it can get so bad that it can even lead to lost water pressure, burst pipes or a broken water heater. The time you can go between draining the system will depend on several factors, so you should have a plumber come out to drain yours and offer you advice on when the next time should be.
By following the advice here, you can help to keep your plumbing in better shape and running the way it is supposed to. To learn more, contact a company like StateWide Mechanical II Inc.