Plumbing Maintenance and Why It’s Important
February 21, 2023
Oftentimes, we take for granted our plumbing system though many of us would say it’s a vital part of a functioning home. Without regular maintenance, problems can start with your plumbing. It’s important to have a plumber regularly check all of your plumbing fixtures, including:
- Water heaters
- Washing Machines
- Dishwasher Lines
- Water Filtration Systems
- Sinks (and Faucets)
- Bathtubs and Showers
Did you know that 1 liter of water is only 4,000 drips? If a leak drips only once per hour, in one year you’ll have wasted 34 gallons of water. Leaking pipes or fixtures can end up costing you a lot of money, so having a good system is important.
Aside from preventing leaks, regular maintenance can help to prevent mold and unwanted moisture from collecting on your pipes. If a pipe is leaking, the dampness in your walls will quickly grow mold – putting you and your family at risk. An entire home can quickly become infected with mold spores if proper action isn’t taken.
If proper action isn’t taken, the mold can permeate the wood and start growing fungi, putting the structural integrity of your home at risk and causing health problems. People with respiratory issues, like asthma, are even more susceptible to getting sick from mold and fungi in the home. Having a well-maintained plumbing and air system keeps you protected from potential mold spores. If you think mold may be growing in your home, contact a professional to come remove it.
Taking preventative steps can help avoid an emergency call to a plumber. Many emergency plumbing visits are because of a clogged drain. If water is drinking slowly, it’s usually a sign that something is clogged in it. One of the best ways to prevent this – especially in the kitchen – is by purchasing a strainer that sits over your drain. Another way to prevent drain clogging in the kitchen is pouring excess oils and grease into a container to dispose of rather than down the drain.
If you’re looking to avoid frozen pipes this winter, one way is to keep the water pressure going when temperatures are below freezing, This can do done by leaving a faucet dripping. Even a small drip is enough to keep water moving and prevent it from freezing. If your pipes do freeze, contact a professional plumber immediately.
At Eastern Plumbing, our trained professionals are happy to do routine maintenance on your plumbing fixtures. You can rest knowing that your home will be well taken care of. To schedule your plumbing maintenance or for any other plumbing services, call Eastern Plumbing at (252) 758-7579.