Three Easy Ways To Avoid Expensive Plumbing Repair Costs

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When you think about it, following strict plumbing maintenance measures will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in repairs and calls to the plumber. While it may be arduous on your part but in this economy where we’re all trying to stretch our pennies you’ll be happy that you took the time to actually follow these routine maintenance tasks.

1. Check for leaks.

Faucet leaks are the easiest to check since you’d only look for water that is visibly running down. However, leaks can happen in other places than the most obvious spot, which is the spout. Aside from the spout, leaks can break around the base of the faucet. To check for this type of leak, dry the entire base of the faucet and then turn the faucet handles to see if water accumulates in the area.

Leaks are also common under the sink and they’re very hard to notice. To check for leaks under the sink, turn on the taps all the way to maximum setting and then check the base for droplets. You can also place toilet paper under the base to be left for a couple of minutes to see if watermarks develop.

2. Check the drains.

Another common plumbing dilemma is clogged up drains. The best way to keep your drains working properly is to make sure that nothing gets through it other than water. The culprit for clogged bathroom drains is hair but grease is the number one cause of clogged kitchen drains.

You can easily install a drain strain to keep hair and other items like soap chips from getting through. And on top of making sure that you wipe off the oil from the pots and pans before washing them in the sink, you can also pour down hot, sudsy water at least once a week.

3. Regulate the water pressure.

The thing about extremely high water pressure is that it can cause unwanted stress on your plumbing system and can even increase the rate of your pipe’s corrosion which can cause an obstruction in the water flow. Luckily, you can always check your home’s water pressure with the help of a simple pressure gauge.

If the water pressure is too high, then you can install a pressure regulator, if not repair your existing one if you do have one, to ensure that your house’s water pressure is kept at a safe level.

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This is a guest post.  Jeannie Conner is a blogger who works at Filan & Conner Plumbing She knows everything about plumbing almost and loves to share tips about plumbing repair needs.

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