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Keeping Your Plumbing in Top Shape

Keeping Your Plumbing in Top Shape

If there's one thing homeowners take for granted, it's a fully functional plumbing system. Every time we wash something or eliminate waste we're using this network of water pipes and sewer lines. It makes our daily routines more convenient, and life at home comfortable. It's something we can't live without.

Maintaining your home's plumbing system should be a priority for all homeowners. There are some small steps everyone in your household can take to help prolong the life of your pipes and help stop any disasters from happening. These devices don't even have to cost you very much. We've come up with several ways you can keep your plumbing in tip-top shape.

Ensure Drains Stay Clean

“cleandrains”Clogs are always a big threat to plumbing systems. Any debris, such as dirt and food particles that makes its way down our drains can build up over time and form blockages.

These obstructions can lead to water leaks and burst pipes, which can cause serious water damage to your home.

If you use a sink strainer in your kitchen, you should be able to catch most items before they can go down the pipes. It's an easy way to help keep your drains clean. Additionally, you should never dispose of cooking grease or oil down the sink. These liquids can solidify if they are cooled down.

Monitor Water Pressure

“balancedwaterpressure”One factor that may seem like a positive thing but puts a lot of stress on your plumbing system is high water pressure.

It can do a number on pipe joints and fittings, which makes them more susceptible to damage and increases the likelihood of a burst or leak. Homeowners who are worried about the water pressure in their homes can purchase a measuring device from hardware stores.

If the pressure reaches more than 85 psi, we recommend getting in touch with a plumber to find a way to turn it down. If you use low-flow components, it doesn't affect the pressure within the pipes, only the amount of water released.

Make Use of Hair Screens

“haircleaner”Another thing that threatens to clog up our drains is hair. When we wash or shave, or bathe our pets, hair follicles get washed away down our bathroom drains.

Stop the majority of hair from entering your plumbing system by purchasing and using hair screens. They can catch hairs before they're flushed down so we can remove them at a later time. Hair screens cost only a few dollars and go a long way toward preventing clogs and, ultimately, their potential issues.

Follow Laws and Regulations

“localrequirements”Every city has regulations dictating the use of plumbing components in your home.

They're documented and readily available so you can ensure your home's needs are met while keeping your plumbing system intact.

Check with Abingdon, MD municipal services to see how these regulations can affect you.