It’s easy to forget about your plumbing when it’s working great. But when a problem begins, you realize you could have taken better care of it. A little extra care can make your plumbing last longer and prevent issues that may cause a huge hassle and cost a lot of money to repair. Here are some tips you can follow:
Soften Your Water
A water softener from a Utah company will remove calcium, magnesium, and other minerals that may cause problems with your plumbing. The softener will introduce a softer mineral, such as potassium or sodium.
Pipes, drains, faucets, and all plumbing fixtures, as well as appliances that use water, can last longer with soft water. Soft water is also kinder to your skin and overall health.
Avoid Unclogging with Chemicals
Now and then, something may cause a clog in a drain or in the toilet. Pouring chemicals to remove the clog, without understanding what it is, may damage the plumbing. It’s easy to believe the commercials about a certain product, but for a chemical to melt a clog, it has to be strong. Long-term effects on the plumbing system are difficult to determine.
The safer course of action is to use a good-old plunger for your toilet. If that doesn’t work, or if it’s a drain issue, call your plumber.
Lower the Water Pressure
It may be nice to have good pressure when you’re in the shower or when you’re using a hose to water the lawn, but it stresses out your plumbing. If there’s excessive water pressure at home, the pressure itself can cause leaks. Sometimes, calcium deposits due to the hardness of the water may also cause pressure buildup.
Ask a plumber to install a pressure reducer. It’s not going to be cheap, but it may be a lot more expensive to fix a damaged pipe or appliance due to water pressure.
Taking care of your plumbing can go a long way to increase its lifespan. It’s better to invest in its care than to lose money trying to repair recurring problems in the future.