We live in a world where we really don’t have to think about the ‘how’ of things. Most of us are quite content just knowing the ‘thing’ works. This goes for our plumbing system as well. As long as the water is running, and the toilet is flushing, we rarely think about how it all comes together, or how important it is.
But if you want to keep your system running smoothly, it’s important to know how to prevent issues, such as leaks or burst pipes. Read on to find out how you can be your own maintenance master, and improve your plumbing system today.
Prevent Pipe Corrosion in your Home
Pipe corrosion can lead to leaks, which can be a big problem for you. Pipes corrode, or, deteriorate, from constant exposure to harsh chemicals and other substances.
Prevent pipe corrosion in your home with these easy steps:
- Have your pipes regularly cleaned
- Avoid using chemical clog removers
- Run a water analysis to check water pH, as it should sit between 7.0-8.0
- Use screens on your sinks and tubs to avoid any sand or grit from getting into the pipes
- Install a phosphate feeder to coat copper pipes
Refrain From Using Chemical Clog Removers
If you have a clogged drain, opt out of using a chemical clog remover. These products are bad for your pipes, and can lead to corrosion, and leaks.
Instead, try one of two methods:
- Pour half a cup of salt down the clogged drain, followed by boiling water. Then flush with hot water until the clog has cleared.
- Snake the drain. You can either call a plumber for this, or buy a drain snake at your local hardware store for about $20.00. They’re easy to use and will remove your clog.
Reduce Your Water Pressure
The water pressure in your house will affect your pipes, and lead to problems. The average pressure should sit between 40 and 80 psi, and not go above 85. To check the pressure, you can buy a hose bib gauge, for $10.00 at the store. This will monitor your water pressure.
To reduce the water pressure you can either call a plumber to install a water pressure regulator, or go and purchase one yourself. They cost anywhere from $15.00 – $35.00 for a standard brand.
How to Identify a Leak in Your Home
The most common leaks happen around sinks, faucets, and toilets. They are easy to see, and easy to fix. Sometimes, however, there can be an underground leak, somewhere in the piping you can’t see.
Here is a step-by-step process to check for leaks in your home you may not see:
- Shut off all the water inside and outside
- Record the water meter reading
- Don’t use any water for up to an hour
- Check the water meter reading again
- If it moved you may have a leak or leaks and should call in a plumber
Now any resident of Berkeley, CA can be a little more aware of what’s going on in their home. Prevention is always the way to go when it comes to leaks. Be prepared, and you come out on top, every time.