It may have never crossed your mind until now, but your plumbing is important to a many of the systems in your home that add convenience to your life and keep you comfortable. That’s why having the perfect plumbing system in your home should always be a major goal.
From the minor headaches plumbing problems can cause, to the major emergencies, most can be prevented with good maintenance practices. Keep reading for some common problems and how to avoid them!
Just the Right Water Pressure
If you’ve experienced water pressure that was too high or too low, you will understand the annoyance that fluctuating pressure can have on your daily routine.
High water pressure might not be seen as a problem as often as it should. Sure, it stings when you hop in the shower, or maybe water splashes out of the sink, but high water pressure can actually damage your pipes.
When water is under a lot of pressure and moving through a small area, like a pipe, it will expand. This process is called thermogenic expansion and it WILL damage your pipes.
Low water pressure is a problem of a different nature. For people with long, thicker hair, it makes rinsing shampoo a nightmare. You also may have to run clothes through the washer several times to get detergent out.
Either way, water pressure issues can be solved. First, you want to check your water valve and make sure it’s open all the way. If that doesn’t fix the problem, call a plumber. You likely have a major blockage preventing water flow.
How To Prevent Clogged Drains
Standing in water while you’re taking a shower or waiting for the sink to drain after brushing your teeth is no fun. These problems can easily be prevented with a few steps:
- No Grease Down the Drain: You should always try to avoid throwing cooking grease down the drain, because when it cools, it can create blockages in your plumbing. You should also watch out for the shower gels that have shea butter and other oils in them.
- Hair Traps: This is a must, even if you’re bald! Thes strainers catch everything that could possibly fall into the drain and clog it.
- Go Easy on the Toilet Paper: Try not to overload your toilet with this stuff, and keep in mind that baby wipes and hygiene products don’t always break down as promised – especially in older systems.
- No Drain Cleaner: This one is important – store-bought cleaners only help with smaller blockages, while causing bigger issues by damaging your pipes with continued use.
The best thing to do is to schedule a yearly drain cleaning. Other than that, if you suspect a clog, call a professional. They can use the right tools and techniques for the job without damaging any pipes.
The Right Plumber For The Job
When you consider a plumber, the price is likely the first thing to pop into your mind. You don’t want to overpay, and rightly so.
However, if you can find a plumbing company that guarantees their work with a warranty, promises a 2-hour appointment window, and 24-hour service, you should definitely consider them!
Luckily, Albert Nahman Plumbing offers all of this and more! So for your next plumbing project, emergency, or maintenance issue, give us a call!