Tips For Plumbing Maintenance to Save You Time & Money

 

Water is a massively important part of everyone’s life - we need it to drink, to cook with, to bathe in, and it’s used to heat our homes too. If you've ever had the misfortune of experiencing an issue with your plumbing, you know just how it could spell disaster - or, at the very least, a lot of inconvenience. That’s why it’s a good idea to know how to maintain your property’s plumbing to ensure that these worst-timing-ever hazards don’t happen - or at least to prevent them from happening as much as possible!

 

Call A Plumber

Before we start with the things you can do at home to maintain your plumbing and ensure your home is well taken care of, it’s important to note that you won’t be able to do everything and that there are times when an expert is the only answer. That’s especially the case if something has gone very wrong and you have a big problem that involves a lot of water coming into your home, or perhaps you’ve been without water entirely for a while. Not only do some problems require urgent knowledge, but council approval and building codes can also play a part. In that case, an emergency plumber is the right call to make. 

Even if the situation isn’t an emergency, a plumber can still be the best option sometimes if you're not that handy, or you don't have access to the right tools. If you’re not sure what you’re doing when it comes to plumbing maintenance or the job is a more complex and difficult one, then it’s always wise to get experts to do the work rather than trying to do it yourself, as you could unknowingly be causing more damage than you think, which will likely cost you more in the long run. Know your limits always when it comes to DIY.

 

Fix A Leaking Tap

If you have the knowledge and confidence to do some small plumbing tasks yourself, then you can certainly do so - fixing a leaking tap could be a good place to start. A leaking tap is annoying, it’s a waste of water, and it could lead to bigger problems that only a qualified plumber can handle, so take assertive action at first signs of leaks to prevent a bigger issue. 

The key to fixing a leaking tap is to try the simple method of first tightening the tap, and if that doesn’t work, be very methodical when you take the tap apart - the last thing you’ll want is to lose an important component or not put it back together properly. And always turn your water off before you start any plumbing work, or the results could be very messy!

 

Re-Caulk Your Bathtub

Over time, the caulk around your bathtub can become old and pull away from the wall, or even disintegrate altogether. That means any water that spills from around the bath, either when you’re using it (or the shower attachment you might have) or cleaning it, will go down the gap and into your wall, which can then lead to mould, damp, and damage. 

If you notice the caulk around your bath - or shower or sink or anywhere else - that is coming away or it’s old, it’s important to replace it as soon as you can. The mould damage alone could cause health issues for you and the family, and cost much more than the couple of minutes spent addressing broken caulk seals as they occur. This is a simple job if you have the right tools and you take your time, so it’s certainly worth learning how to do. 

 

 

In short, maintaining your plumbing system is essential for the functionality and longevity of your home. By implementing the tips outlined above, such as regularly checking for leaks, keeping drains clear, insulating pipes, and scheduling professional inspections, you can prevent costly repairs and ensure smooth operation. Remember, proactive maintenance not only safeguards your property but also contributes to a hassle-free living environment. Stay vigilant and proactive in your plumbing care to enjoy a well-functioning system for years to come.

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