Pipe Problems? How To Avoid Plumbing Problems
We can tend to take the luxury of indoor plumbing for granted, until disaster strikes and you have to call a plumber for an urgent and costly fix. However, you can stave off some serious plumbing problems, and save yourself unnecessary headache and expenses by following these tips inside and outside of your home.
Look for bathroom leaks
Check the toilet for leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the water in the toilet bowl changes color after 30 minutes, it usually means there’s an issue with the components in the reservoir. Call a licensed plumber to diagnose the problem and repair it correctly.
Make sure tree roots haven’t infiltrated your lines
Rain can cause tree roots to block underground sewer lines. When the weather starts to warm up, tree roots begin to reach out in search of water. Inspect the tree roots in your yard, have the sewer lines serviced and inspected before roots grow into the pipes.
Inspect all the faucets
Leaky faucets lead to higher utility bills, so check for droplets
of moisture around the outside of the faucet or any dripping. Since faucet leaks may also be hidden from view, be sure to also check under and around the sink for wet spots, warped cabinetry, or discolored paint or wood.
Test the sump pump
A simple way to check your sump pump is to pour a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn on, begin removing the water and turn off automatically when complete. If this process doesn’t happen smoothly, call a plumber to repair or replace it.
Check your hoses
The outdoor hose faucet is susceptible to many problems during the winter, such as freezing and cracking. Look at the outside of the faucet and down the wall of the home to see if there is evidence of a leak. This can not only cause damage to the outside of the home, but also to the foundation if the link is bad enough. Also consider cutting off the water to your hose faucet if you don’t plan on using it
in the winter.
Don’t pour grease down the sink
Kitchen sinks are typically where most clogs are found in the home. People tend to pour fat and oil from cooking down the drain without realizing that the lard will almost certainly stick around, hardening and narrowing pipes. Pour your grease in a can and throw it in the trash.