Almost every household has a plumbing problem every once in a while. Plumbing repairs typically cost between $175 and $450, but serious problems might cost much more. Taking care of your plumbing may help you avoid typical problems like leaks and clogged drains, which need you to hire a plumber. The majority of plumbing repair jobs are easy enough for anybody to perform on their own.

Regular plumbing maintenance might protect you from needing to call an emergency plumber. When it comes to emergency repairs, you’re probably going to be dealing with water damage and a much greater repair fee. It is critical to prevent problems and detect them early.

Continue reading to find out what plumbing maintenance activities you should be doing.

The following plumbing ideas will help you in keeping your system in good working order, allowing you to avoid the frustrations and trouble of unforeseen problems.

Be Mindful of What you Flush.

You should only flush your own waste and toilet paper into your toilet. Because a toilet bowl is not a garbage can, items such as sanitary products, cotton swabs, plastic, hair, and cardboard can accumulate and produce a blockage. Put a wastebasket in the bathroom and use it unless you want to spend a plumber a lot of money to pull an unpleasant surprise out of your sewage system.

Use Food Coloring to Detect Tank Leaks.

If you suspect that your toilet tank has a leak, put some red food coloring in the tank and let it for an hour or two. If it has seeped into the bowl by then, you must replace the tank ball to prevent water from leaking out and reduce your water cost.

Fixture Shutdown.

When you can switch off the water running to a single fixture, shutting off your main water supply isn’t always needed. Toilets, sinks, washers, and water heaters, all have a cut-off that you should be familiar with.

Holster Tools.

A plunger, pipe wrench, and drain snake should be available to every household. These three tools will assist you in removing minor obstructions, unclogging drains, and repairing mildly leaking faucets. Remember to do your homework or hire a plumber since information is the most powerful instrument of all.

Using Soap to Unclog a Blocked Toilet

Don’t you have a plunger? A plunger is not required to unclog a toilet. Adding hot water and soap to the bowl frequently clears the clog. Fill the basin halfway with hot water from the faucet. Don’t be bashful about using a lot of liquid soap. The hot water will help break down the blockage, and the soap will help it move again.

Use Vinegar to Clean Showerheads.

Showerheads become blocked with mineral deposits over time. This can reduce their effectiveness or altogether inhibit them. Unscrew the showerheads and immerse them in vinegar for 24 hours to remove mineral build-up. If it doesn’t work, it’s time to change the showerhead.

Flush Your Water Heater

Because mineral particles can build up in the bottom of your water heater, you should cleanse it once a year or so. This will make it last much longer. If it needs to be flushed frequently, it will begin to produce banging noises. That’s water bursting up through a heavy layer of silt on the tank’s bottom. Sediment build-up in the tank might cause it to corrode if it is not flushed on a regular basis.

Install Drain Mesh Covers

When hair, soap chips, and other debris fall into your drains, they produce clogs. Mesh drain covers in your sinks, shower, and bath may save you the effort of frequently snaked drains.

Regularly Check for Leaks.

Leaky faucets and running toilets may add up to hundreds of dollars in water bills. Repairing them is typically simple and inexpensive. Maintain vigilance in fixing them.

Plumbing leaks are often caused by corroded and rusted-out pipes and may not occur all at once. Inspect any exposed pipes in your home on a regular basis for signs of corrosion or deterioration. Corrosion, bending, and water droplets on the exterior of the pipes all signal a problem that should be addressed by a trained plumber.

As homeowners, we always rely on our home’s plumbing every day, that’s why maintaining our plumbing system should be our utmost priority. A little preventative maintenance may go a long way toward keeping your plumbing free of obstructions and preventing leaks and water damage.

If you noticed some issues and your plumbing needs professional help, contact Caccia plumbing right away! To learn more and/or schedule an appointment, give us a call at (650) 342-5363