How to Make Your Pipes Last Longer
The pipes in your home are constantly operating. Whether you wash your hands, take a shower, flush the toilet, brush your teeth, and run the washing machine, water is always being moved around. It is crucial to protect your pipes from wear and tear and address any issues as they arise.
Above all else, it is important to decrease the pressure on the pipes. Let’s go over how to get the most life out of your pipes.
Don’t Ignore Problems
Many of us are guilty of not taking urgent care of a leak or clogged drain.
A tiny drip drip drip may seem harmless, but it is not to be taken lightly. Leaks can wear away at your pipe and eventually get bigger and cause more wear. It is a vicious and expensive cycle (but lucky for you it doesn’t have to be).
Additionally, slow drains are a sign of blockage somewhere in the pipe system. Blockage leads to increased pressure and greater wear on the pipes. When you notice the problem, immediately try snaking or plunging the drain. If that doesn’t work, call us at 1-Tom-Plumber. Most importantly, don’t neglect the problem.
Invest in Regular Drain Cleaning
To avoid catastrophic occurrences, it pays to invest in regular drain cleaning. It is harder for the water to move if there is buildup or blockages in your pipes. More wear on your pipes will cause leaks and greater damage than a yearly investment in regular drain cleaning.
Check Water Pressure
High water pressure can wear on your pipes and connections. Moreover, it can be unpleasant for those using showers, faucets, etc., if the pressure is too harsh. Water pressure in your home should remain at 70 PSI.
Don’t Flush Anything Your Not Supposed To
A toilet is not a trash can for wet wipes, feminine products, wrappers, etc. These products break apart over time, collect, and cause debris. Debris can build up and increase pressure. This can lead to leaks, or backed-up pipes. Which are avoidable through disposing of products in a trash can.
Don’t Use Chemical Drain Cleaners
Chemical drain cleaners do eat away at blockages; however, once the blockage is broken apart, the chemicals continue to eat away at your pipes. Using these chemical drain cleaners regularly can cause irreversible damage to your pipes.
Don’t Let Your Pipes Freeze
During the cold months, your pipes can freeze rather easily, causing them to burst. This is caused by the expansion of water when it freezes. We offer a few tips on avoiding freezing pipes:
- Insulate the pipes. Pipe insulation can be found at any local hardware store.
- Open cabinet doors on cold days. This will allow the warmer air from the house to keep the pipes warm.
- Slightly open the faucet that’s the farthest away from the water main. A few dribbles of water will work to relieve any pressure that could build up if the pipes freeze.
Should you need any pipe restoration, give us a call at 1-Tom-Plumber. We are glad to help you get the most life out of your pipes.