• Howard Gallagher

Plumbing System Preventative Maintenance

Your plumbing system serves an important role in your home. No one wants to deal with slow drains, clogged pipes, or backed up plumbing.When there is a major issue in your plumbing system it can set you back thousands of dollars. However with a home warranty plan in place, you are covered in event of a break down. Prevention is the best form of preparation. There are maintenance tips you can implement to improve the efficiency of your system. Here are common tips to prevent a plumbing issue in the near future.

Toilets


Toilets don’t require much maintenance to last a long time. Certain products should not be flushed down the drain. This includes tissues,cotton balls, feminine products, medications, floss,diapers and any type of wipe. Toilets were not designed to handle boiling temperatures so avoid flushing hot water . This is to prevent cracks in your toilet.

Garbage Disposal Care


Garbage Disposals help reduce household waste. Like Refrigerators they make life for homemakers easier. Use cold water during every use. It may be counter intuitive but grind ice in your unit. This helps keep the blades sharp. Your Disposal should be cleaned every month. Baking soda and vinegar or dish soap and hot water are both effective cleaning tools. You don’t need to use cleaning chemicals as they can damage your plumbing system. Citrus fruits like lemons and limes inhibit bacteria growth and removes foul odors. A degreaser can keep the unit clean. Snake the drain once every 2 years. Only put food items that can compost. Cut large objects into smaller chunks to prevent any clogs. Don’t put any grease,oil,inorganic or combustible materials into your garbage disposal. Avoid hot water while the unit is in use. Certain plant matter like potato skins, banana peels,corn husks, celery stalks and artichokes can damage the motor.


Drainage


Your drains are important to the flow of plumbing in your home. Don’t dump fats or cooking oil into your sink. These waste materials can build up in your pipes. This leads to blockages and sewer overflows. Don’t pour coffee grounds in your sink drains. Snake out the branch drains to remove clogs before they become blockages. Most people use chemical drain cleaners thinking it will fix their plumbing issue. However Chemical drain cleaners can damage your pipes. They aren’t long term solutions. A simple homemade drain cleaner of baking soda and vinegar can do the job. To further prevent clogs use a drain screen. Be vigilant against possible leaks . Tell tale signs are mildew ,damp flooring, and water damage.

Water Heater Maintenance


Your water heater needs to be flushed every year. This is to remove excess sediment and keep your unit running at high efficiency . If your water heater is not regularly flushed then the unit will be permanently damaged by sediment.

Faucets


Leaking faucets can be a big problem. A dripping faucet leaking at a rate of 1 drip per second that can waste more than 8 gallons of water a day. This adds up to 3000 gallons a year. This is an unnecessary amount of water added to your utility bill. Check sink, shower, and tub faucets weekly. Regularly remove and clean all aerators. Over time the aerator may be clogged with dirt and sediment. This can make your faucets flow with decreased water pressure and unusual tasting water.


Appliances


Check all exposed pipes and appliances for water leaks. Your garbage disposal, refrigerator,laundry room appliance or water heater can be the source of a leak. Place a drip tray under your water heater and washer to limit future leaks. Keep your appliance maintenance up to date. Look for visible signs of a leak such as water stains on walls. Clean washing machine lint traps. For your refrigerator replace water and ice filter twice per year.

Outside Your Home


The septic system and sewer main are both at risk for flooding without proper maintenance. Have a professional snake the sewer main every year .If you have a lawn you want to maintain then maintain your sprinkler system. This means replacing washers on leaking outdoor hose spigots.

Plumbing System Coverage


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When a plumbing system stops working properly, or completely breaks down, it can cause a lot stress and disruption for everyone in the household. The plumbing system consists of many parts and components which is why most people expect they will at some time need to call a plumber for a plumbing problem. This includes leaks in pipes and plumbing stoppage.

With a home warranty you can rest assured that knowing if your home systems or appliances break down or malfunction after closing, you are covered .

With a Global Home Protection Home Warranty Plan, there is no wait when it comes to getting a contractor on site. Most companies will take 2-3 days and in some cases weeks to get a technician out for simple repairs.

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