There’s nothing better than ringing in the New Year by making plumbing resolutions. Your plumbing system is an important part of your home. It works around the clock to distribute water for drinking and washing while removing wastewater from your home. This year make a resolution to give your plumbing some TLC.
Here are some ways to take care of your plumbing system from Marin County plumbers, McDonald Home Solutions.
Reduce Water Consumption
Being aware of your water consumption, and how to reduce it, is an easy step homeowners can take to helping keep their plumbing system healthy. All you need to do is switch to efficient plumbing fixtures and change some consumption habits. Here are some tips for conserving water.
➢ Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving
➢ Take shorter showers
➢ Install water-saving showerheads
➢ Add an aerator or flow restrictor designed to restrict the flow of RO reject water to your kitchen
➢ Install advanced faucets with sensors that turn the water on and off in your bathrooms, toilets, and the kitchen
If you are concerned about the cost involved in upgrades, let us tell you that most plumbing upgrades are both easy to install and inexpensive. Oftentimes they pay for themselves within a few years.
There are many benefits of reducing your water consumption. The most obvious benefits of reducing your water consumption are:
- Saving money on your water bill
- Increasing the life of your water fixtures
- Helping the environment
Clean Your Pipes and Drains Regularly
A clogged drain is a recipe for disaster. To ensure water and waste can flow freely, prevent gunk from building up on the inside of your pipes. To prevent frustrating and disastrous drain clogs, clean your drains regularly.
Plumbers in Marin County recommend cleaning your drains about every month. Regularly cleaning your drains is the most effective way to reduce the accumulation of debris, waste, and dirt.
Do not use cleaning products with harsh chemicals as they can damage your drains. Instead, opt for simple homemade cleaners such as a solution of vinegar and hot water or an enzyme-based cleaner to remove clogs.
Never put solid waste such as feminine hygiene products, baby care products, cigarette butts, paper towels, condoms, and grease, oil, or fat down your drains. Install a drain guard on your sinks to prevent solid waste from ending up in your drainage system.
Make Sure Your Home’s Water Pressure Does Not Exceed 80 PSI
High water pressure is great when you are taking a shower or filling a water container, but it can also result in increased stress on valves, joints, and pipes, eventually damaging them. Building codes in most areas state that the water pressure in a home should not exceed 80 PSI.
You will need a water pressure gauge to measure the water pressure in your home. With a pressure gauge on hand, turn off all washing machines, faucets, sprinklers, showerheads, and refrigerator ice makers in your home.
Next, hook up the gauge to an external faucet or a hose bib. Tighten the gauge and open the faucet all the way. Check the reading and if your home’s water pressure is below 45 psi or above 80 psi, get a professional inspection.
Get a Professional Inspection At Least Once Every Two Years
There are several benefits to regular plumbing inspections from improved performance and longer service life to lower the risk of plumbing emergencies. Regular inspections give your plumber opportunities to look for early signs of leaks or other damage and swiftly fix the issue before it becomes a major problem.
During a home plumbing inspection, your plumber will:
➢ Inspect the water filtration system
➢ Check all above ground, exposed plumbing
➢ Examine supply lines, plumbing fixtures, and drains for water flow issues
➢ Inspect the water storage tank or tankless water heater
➢ Conduct a video camera inspection of underground sanitary drains and sewer pipes
➢ Inspect the sump pump and discharge
Replace Old Pipes
Like everything else, pipes come with an expiration date. Old pipes are unreliable and need frequent repairs. Old lead pipes can leak highly toxic and corrosive elements into your home’s drinking water system or the surrounding ground.
Brass supply lines typically last 40-70 years, whereas cast iron drain pipes have a 75-100 service life. Copper supply pipes usually last 50 years. Galvanized steel supply pipes that are 20-50 years should be replaced immediately. PEX supply lines last 25-40 years.
If you’re worried that your pipes are approaching their end of life or suspect that a leak is present, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a plumber near you quickly.
Do Not Wait Too Long for Repairs
If you wait too long to make repairs, things may take a turn for the worse and you may end up with expensive repairs. Visually check hoses, nozzles, and exposed piping between inspections to identify any potential leaks, cracks, or other issues.
Check toilet flappers, showerheads, pipe fittings, and pipe valves to ensure they are not leaking. Even if you have simple issues such as a dripping faucet or running toilet, fixing them quickly can save you money. Remember, things are not always as they seem. There could be an underlying problem that requires a quick resolution.
At McDonald Home Solutions, our team has experienced plumbers in Marin County. We have cost-effective, sustainable solutions to your every plumbing problem. With us, your home isn’t just another project, your home is our business. To get in touch with our team, call us at 707-284-1039.