Plumbing Maintenance? What This Service Is Exactly And Why You Should Do It

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Hiring a plumber to make repairs tends to be a common occurrence for most homeowners as the years pass. While it’s virtually impossible to completely avoid the need for a professional plumber’s services, there are some things you can do to minimize wear and tear on your plumbing system so it doesn’t succumb to the need for repairs often. Using low-flow aerators on your sink faucets and shower heads as well as insulating your exposed pipes before winter can make a big difference in your plumbing’s performance. On this website you’ll find many tips and tricks that can be used to keep your plumbing in good shape, and even to save yourself some money on water costs throughout the year.

Plumbing Maintenance? What This Service Is Exactly And Why You Should Do It

20 June 2019
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Plumbing services include plumbing maintenance, something that most homeowners do not do because they are not aware that such a thing exists. They generally assume that their plumbing is fine and it's doing what it's supposed to do, so they don't need maintenance. However, if you have something go wrong with some of your home's pipes and you try to file a homeowner's insurance claim, you will quickly discover that plumbing maintenance is a real thing and that plumbing issues due to a lack of maintenance are not covered by insurance. Here is more information on what plumbing maintenance is exactly and why you should be doing it at the appointed times. 

Pipe Replacements

If you have copper pipes, they eventually gain a green patina that protects them, but it does not mean that they will not fall apart. With the exception of cast iron pipes, other metal pipes will rust and deteriorate rapidly. Cast iron pipes can last a very long time, but if the ones in your home are already very old, you will need to replace them sooner rather than later. Pipes you cannot see, which are typically hidden inside a wall, also need replacing over time. Otherwise, they will start to leak and rot out floorboards and cupboards so quickly that only gutting these areas of your home and remodeling will save you from mold and mildew. 

Pipe Insulation

A frozen pipe is as good as busted. An insulated pipe is protected. Pipe insulation needs to occur around all pipes, regardless of the material from which the pipes are made. Your plumber has the exact insulation material in which to wrap every pipe and keep them from freezing. Maintaining at least 55 degrees in your home during winter helps too. 

Water Heater Draining

While this maintenance service does not have much to do with pipes itself, water heater draining is key for maintaining the water heater, which is directly responsible for all of the hot water you use in your home. There is a valve on the bottom of the appliance. This valve should be opened once a year to allow for the appliance to drain fully. It helps remove rust, lime, and calcium buildup in the bottom of the tank that can end up in your water and make it discolored and unpleasant-tasting. Even if you have a whole-house water softener, you should still drain the water heater annually.