Leaks and other plumbing problems can be a real nuisance in the summertime, as well as a costly expense in the case of a major problem, so a little preventive inspection of common problem areas can really be worth your while. These are things every homeowner can do, and if you don’t do them it could well be that a small problem escalates into a larger problem. Here are some preventive plumbing tips.
Household areas to check
- Avoid putting substances down your kitchen sink that it is not equipped to handle. This includes stringy foods like celery, cornhusks, and banana peels. Other foods that are very bad for your sink are those like instant potatoes, which expand with the addition of water. In your drain, they will expand and form a solid clog. Also any kind of oils or grease are likely to form clogs in the drain, and should be avoided.
- Check for leaks from exposed pipes in your walls and in the basement. Signs of a leak will include moisture on pipes and puddles below the pipes. Also check for signs of rust or corrosion, which will lead to deterioration of the pipe itself. Evidence of corrosion would be green stains around fittings and valves.
- Check all sinks, showers, and tubs for the speed of drainage. If water drains slowly, it could be an indicator of a clog in the pipes below.
- Check the hoses on your washing machine to make sure there are no cracks or leaks. This is a very common problem around the home, and is frequently cited on insurance claims.
- Gently rock each toilet in the house to see if it might be loose. If it moves, it may need to be better secured.
For more expert advice on plumbing and preventive plumbing tips, make sure to get in touch with Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. For more than 30 years, we have provided great customer service and HVAC products to the good folks throughout Grand Traverse County, and we’d love to be your HVAC company too.
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