One of the things you never want to encounter is leaks in your plumbing. A large leak can cost you a lot of money in repairs and restorations, not to mention the stress of dealing with mold in the basement or in your home. Thankfully, you can avoid leaks by knowing how to take better care of your plumbing pipes. In this article, we’ll talk about helpful tips to ensure your plumbing pipes are in excellent shape. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a plumber.
How to Take Care of the Plumbing Pipes
If you wish to avoid all the problems associated with leaks in your plumbing, check out our tips below. Feel free to get in touch with a plumber if you have questions or if you need a plumbing service.
Replace Older Pipes
Those who live in older homes or homeowners with galvanized steel pipes in their plumbing must consider replacing them with either PVC or copper pipes. Both of these pipes last longer and they are also less susceptible to damage and rust, making them one of the best options.
If you’re not sure what type of piping is installed in your home, contact a plumber for an inspection. Our plumbing team will check it for you and advise whether it’s best to get a pipe replacement.
When replacing the pipes, do make sure to only hire a licensed plumber to ensure the correct installation of your pipes. Incorrect installation can also lead to a costly repair or a catastrophic plumbing leak. If you need help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are more than happy to assist.
Insulate the Pipes During Winter
When the temperature starts dropping, we encourage all homeowners to protect all exposed pipes outside and inside of their homes to ensure the water inside those pipes doesn’t freeze. Because when they do, the plumbing pipes can break and cause catastrophic damage to your home. Now, imagine when these pipes are in your kitchen or basement. You won’t only be dealing with costly repairs but you may also need to call a contractor to check on your home. Water can damage your home’s structure if you’re not careful.
So during winter, please take the time to go outside and purchase insulation for your pipes. Don’t forget to also turn on the heating to warm those pipes or slightly turn off the tap. Flowing water can also prevent the water from freezing.
If no water comes out of the faucet though, you may already have frozen pipes. Call a plumber immediately so they can help you thaw the pipes. You need to do this right away or your pipes will expand and burst, and cause extensive damage to your home.
Regulate Your Home’s Water Pressure Levels
If you don’t have a water pressure gauge, we recommend you get one to help you check the water pressure levels in your home. You may also call a plumber to help you check your home’s water pressure levels. The result must be within 40-60 PSI; call a professional if it’s more than 60 as this means you have high water pressure. A water pressure that’s too high is bad news for your plumbing pipes. The constant pressure will only strain the pipes and break them eventually. Install a water pressure regulator to help you address the problem.
Low water pressure is also a problem as that usually indicates a leak in your plumbing especially when you also have other signs such as a high water bill or noisy pipes. When water pressure is low, we recommend calling a plumber for professional leak detection. Our plumbing team will work hard to locate the leaks and repair this for you on the same day.
Get a Professional Drain Cleaning Service
How do you clean your drains? If you’re using chemical-based drain cleaners and you have older pipes, this may lead to pipe damage. The chemicals in these heavily advertised cleaners won’t only harm your health but they are also harmful to the pipes. We also don’t recommend them especially when you have children and pets at home. Instead, call a plumber for a professional drain cleaning service. A professional only uses approved cleaners and methods to ensure your drains are clean and healthy.
Make sure you resolve clogs right away to avoid damaging the pipes. You can also purchase basic plumbing tools like a drain snake to get rid of a clog but make sure you know how to properly use it. Otherwise, call a plumbing expert for assistance.
Never Postpone Repairs and Hire a Licensed Professional Only
When you suspect a problem with an appliance or fixture, never postpone any repairs and ensure you only hire a licensed professional for it. Repairs need to be done right away. You can’t do shortcuts or the problem will only recur. Our plumbing team doesn’t just go the extra mile for our customers, we also never cut corners. We do things the right way and we’re fully equipped to let us handle any type of plumbing problem.
Call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of West Houston Today
If you need a plumber, you’ve contacted the right plumbing company for it. We offer a wide range of services for homeowners and businesses. We offer plumbing repairs, installation services, maintenance, leak detection as well as drain cleaning. Call us at your earliest convenience and our team will make sure someone will be with you shortly. Need exceptional plumbing service for your home?
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