Protecting Your Plumbing

Taking Care of Your Plumbing is Taking Care of the Building

Your plumbing, in a lot of ways, is the skeleton of your home. This is less true in office buildings, but plumbing is no less important. Homes cannot legally be without indoor plumbing, and businesses that don’t have bathrooms earn strange looks and complaints from patrons. Maintaining your plumbing means that you will have one less thing to worry about later, and that you will be able to go on with your day-to-day without worrying about whether or not your plumbing is working properly.

Protect the Pipes from Extreme Cold

In states that get several feet of snow every winter, there is a need to make sure that your pipes are cared for. Pipes that freeze can and will interfere with the water supply. Since water expands when it freezes, your pipes may burst as a result of freezing, and create a huge hassle, and an unnecessary expense. Protecting your pipes, and the warm water that keeps you clean and healthy, is as simple as heading over to your local hardware store, and asking about pipe-insulating materials. Representatives at the store and show the best materials to use, and even give you a few pointers on how to attach the insulation. Insulating pipes is something that is easy for most people to do, and all you have to do is ask.

Address Leaks Immediately

Leaks are water that escape from the pipes without turning on the faucet. Leaks are a common problem with all types of plumbing, and no one is at fault when they happen. If there is a leak in your plumbing, however, it is extremely important that you address it immediately. Making sure that you take care of leaks the minute you find them is important to your health, as leaks can leave puddles. Puddles will invite mosquitos, ants, roaches, and other vermin into your home, and the last thing you need is to need both a plumber and an exterminator. Look for strange colors on your wall or ceiling, or bubbles in paint. Listen for dripping noises behind walls, as faucets are not the only things that leak. If you notice a change in water pressure, or any unusual smells whose source you can’t place, you could have a leak, and you should get in touch with a local plumber.

Don’t Flush Anything but Toilet Tissue, and be Aware of the Thickness

Everyone loves the feel of smooth, thick toilet tissue, and the thickness can help many people feel cleaner, but toilets don’t care for that rich experience. Using thinner toilet paper may mean using a little more, but it is better for your plumbing. Thick toilet tissue absorbs water, and may clog pipes over time. You don’t need that mess, so avoid it with thinner toilet tissue, or consider investing in a bidet.

Have Your Plumbing Inspected

The best way to protect your plumbing is, and always will be, to have regular inspections. One could even argue that it is just as important to inspect your plumbing as it is to inspect your roof. If something goes wrong with either, the result could be you paying thousands of dollars, and dealing with damaged property. Don’t let this happen to you. Check with your local plumbing company to schedule an inspection today.