By the time the plumber arrives, you might have flooding that causes irreparable damage. In order to protect your home and your belongings, there are ways you can safeguard your pipes so that you don’t have to call the plumber at all.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you out. It’s always better to prevent any issues now, so you don’t have bigger ones to deal with later. Are you ready to protect your home?
Repair Problems Early
Whenever you notice a leak, no matter how small, you’ll need to sort it out immediately. By the time your pipes burst, it’s too late and you’ll have to call a professional. Pipe rehabilitation packers are a useful way to partially reline your pipes if there are any cracks or damage. These are airtight so you don’t need to be concerned about any drops of water escaping.
If the holes or cracks are very small, it might be efficient to seal the pipes with liquid silicone, but this might not be as reliable as pipe rehabilitation packers.
Clean Drains Regularly
Keeping your drains clean is an efficient way of preventing any nasty sewage from escaping. It will also protect your pipes in the long run so you don’t need to do repairs.
Make sure you don’t use any chemical drain cleaners, as these can actually corrode your pipes which will cause them to crack. Instead, use half a cup of salt and wash it down the drain with hot water. This will break down all of the dirt and flush it away.
Filter Your Sink
Stopping any chunks of food from being washed down your drain will prevent blockages in the future. You can either do this by making sure you scrape all leftover food into the bin or more preferably into a compost heap.
An alternative means is to buy a screen for your drain that catches the food. This can be emptied and cleaned regularly to control the size of the food being washed down the sink.
Keep Pipes Warm
Keeping your pipes warm may seem like a ridiculous notion, but in winter they can sometimes freeze which will lead to cracks, and they can even burst. In order to ensure that your pipes won’t freeze you can wrap them in insulation tape. It also helps to keep the room warm which you can do by using a heater or keeping the thermostat up.
Make Sure Your Water Is Running
Making sure your water is running smoothly is as important as stopping any leaks, because a break in flow might indicate other blockages that can’t be handled with drain cleaner. Shut off the valve underneath the sink and clean the aerator at the end of the faucet before switching the valve back on. This will ensure your water pressure won’t build up and cause issues later on.
Following these tips are the first steps you can take to protect your plumbing system. Making sure your pipes are in working order will prevent the plumber form having to assist you with any flooding. It will save you money and stop any water damage to your home. It’s easy, right?