Maintenance and upkeep are important things to remember around the house. The longer we wait, the worse things can get. Your plumbing system is no different.
Just because you haven’t come home to a massive flood yet, doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Stay ahead of the game with these tips and tricks to prevent any slab plumbing leaks.
Steer Clear of Chemical Clog Removers
Harsh chemicals in clog removers can corrode your pipes and cause leaks over time. It may seem like a quick fix to an unwelcome drainage clog, but it will ultimately cause more issues down the road.
Instead of over-the-counter clog removers, you can try a home remedy, that doesn’t require the use of toxic chemicals. Pour half a cup of salt down the clogged drain, followed by boiling water. Then flush with hot water until the clog is gone.
You can also snake the drain, using a drain snake from your local hardware store. They cost around $20.00, and are easy to use. Lastly, when in doubt, call a professional.
Take Preventative Methods to Stop Pipe Corrosion
Pipe corrosion is common in household pipes, but it doesn’t have to be an issue in your home. Follow these steps to spot and stop pipe corrosion.
- Conduct a water analysis, to check for pH, high iron, sulfate, and phosphorus levels. Water pH should be no lower than 7.0 and no higher than 8.5.
- Have your pipes cleaned regularly. It will be cheaper than having to replace your pipes later down the road.
- Install a calcite neutralizer to balance pH if you notice your water pH levels are consistently off.
- Have a phosphate feeder installed for copper pipes to help prevent corrosion.
Protect Your Pipes by Reducing Water Pressure
If you notice pressure fluctuations coming from your sinks and showerheads, you may have a water pressure problem. The best way to know, and control the issue is to install a water pressure regulator.
It will be able to read and adjust water pressure in your home and save your pipes from damage. An average water pressure regulator will cost around $30.00 and can be purchased at any hardware store.
Learn How to Identify Leaks
There are leaks we can see, and those we can’t. It’s usually the ones we can’t that cause us the most problems.
Spotting a small leak before it becomes a large one can be done in a few easy steps.
- Record your water meter reading
- Shut off all water inside and outside
- Don’t use any water
- Wait about 15-20 minutes, 1 hour if you really want to be sure
- Check the water meter reading again, and if it moved, you may have a leak
- Call a plumber
Also, keep an eye out for water build-up around sinks and faucets, and listen for running toilets. Surface leaks are easy to catch and even easier to fix.
Start putting these tips into practice today, and stop problems before they start. Take care of your home, and it will take care of you.