Taking care of your home’s plumbing is a responsibility for you as a homeowner. However, that doesn’t mean you have the knowledge or tools to actually do that. The good news is, a little bit of research is a tremendous help when it comes to understanding your plumbing system and how to maintain it. If you’re looking for some basic tips for taking care of your Boise, ID, home’s plumbing, and knowing when it’s time to call a plumber, EC Plumbing has you covered.
Be Careful with Drains
One mistake countless homeowners make is being careless with the drains in their homes. While it takes quite a bit to clog a drain, it’s important that you try your best to avoid clogs so you don’t end up with a severe clog that a plumber has to remove.
First of all, your garbage disposal isn’t a replacement for a trash can. You need to throw as much food in the trash as possible before rinsing dishes and running your disposal. Additionally, you should avoid putting greases, fats, oil, eggshells, and coffee grounds in your disposal, among other things.
If you’re going to clean a drain, make sure you’re using an enzyme-based cleaner and not a chemical one. Chemical liquid drain cleaners can cause serious damage to pipes as a result of chemical reactions, so most plumbers recommend using an enzyme-based liquid drain cleaner instead.
Flush Your Water Heater
Water heater maintenance is something a lot of homeowners neglect, but it’s fairly quick and painless and can save you from being stranded without hot water. The key to taking care of your water heater is making sure you’re having it flushed of sediment every once in a while.
As sediment builds up in your water heater, it can cause corrosion that leads to damaged internal components as well as tank leaks. By flushing all the water and sediment out of your water heater and refilling it with fresh water once every six months to a year, a professional can help you avoid major water heater leaks and other problems. It only takes about 5 or 10 minutes to fully flush a residential water heater, so the whole process is fairly simple.
Pay Attention to Water Quality
For the most part, you don’t have to worry about water quality too much. The water you get from the city is generally going to be safe, especially when it’s run through a filtration system. However, changes in water quality can alert you to potential plumbing problems, so paying attention to your water quality is important.
If you notice a strange odor or color in freshwater coming out of a faucet, it could be a sign that you need to replace that fixture. Water that’s greenish or bluish is caused by a problem with a copper fitting, which is something you need to have a plumber fix right away. And of course, any strong odors are a sign that bacteria may be getting into your water supply, which is something you can’t allow. If you suddenly experience any of these signs of poor water quality, stop drinking that water and call a professional to get it fixed right away.
Avoid Dry Traps
The P-shaped pipes under your sink are designed to keep sewer odors out of your home, but they can only do that if they have enough water in them. If you have a bathroom in your basement or a laundry sink you don’t use very often, make sure you run water in it from time to time so the P trap doesn’t dry up. A dry P trap is a common cause of sewer odors in your home, and that’s not something you want to deal with. You can usually fix a dry P trap by simply dumping some water down the drain, but you should call a plumber if that doesn’t get rid of the odor.
Know When to Replace
A lot of plumbing problems can be fixed with knowledge, tools, and a little bit of elbow grease. However, it’s important to understand that fixtures, fittings, and pipes only last for so long, so sometimes it’s better to replace them. Water lines last anywhere from 40 to 70 years depending on the material, while drain lines can last as long as 100 years. Most fixtures last a couple of decades, including faucets and toilets. Your water heater, however, should only last about 8 to 12 years with light maintenance, so that’s something you want to keep an eye on and replace when your Boise, ID plumber recommends it.
If you really want the best for your plumbing system, you need to get help from the experts. Having a plumber come to your home to flush your water heater, clean out your drains and inspect your plumbing system is a great way to prevent major problems and save yourself money. You can have most plumbing maintenance done once every two or three years, so it’s not expensive or time-consuming. This also means minor leaks and other problems are spotted earlier, so we can do a better job of fixing those problems before they cause water damage or a spike in your water bill.
EC Plumbing Is Here
It’s not easy taking good care of your home, but it’s worth it if you want to stay there a long time. If you need help taking care of the plumbing system in your home so you can be proud to call it your home, EC Plumbing is here for you. From minor leaks and maintenance to burst pipes and emergency plumbing services, our plumbers can do it all. Next time you have a plumbing problem or need a plumber to help you do a little upkeep, give EC Plumbing a call at (208) 318-5533.
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