Are you worried about your older plumbing system breaking down or failing altogether? Here are some things you can do to keep it in good shape as it ages throughout the years:
Wrap the Exterior Pipes
If you live in an area that freezes during the winter, you should wrap any plumbing pipes that are exposed to the outdoor elements with thermal heat tape or insulation foam tubes. This will help prevent them from freezing and bursting when the temperatures drop so you won't have to face any expensive repairs once things start to thaw out.
Don't forget to protect any pipes found in your garage, attic, and crawl space that aren't hidden behind walls and are easily accessible to you. You should also disconnect and drain any hoses that are connected to faucets before winter arrives. Otherwise, the water in the hoses may expand and end up busting a pipe or valve that's it's connected to behind the wall.
Utilize Homemade Drain Cleaner
Chemical drain cleaners can leave behind damaging residues that may build up in your pipes and cause even worse clogs than you started with. They can also soften PVC pipes and corrode metal pipes over time. These cleaners can also cause harm to your septic tank. So instead of using commercial power, gel, or liquid drain cleaners, consider making a homemade version that will get rid of light clogs without any side effects to worry about.
It's easy to clean clogs in your drains using nothing more than baking soda and vinegar. Start by pouring about a cup of baking soda down the problem drain, followed by a half a cup of vinegar. Then use a plate or plug to cover the drain for about 30 minutes. Afterward, take the cover off and run hot water down the drain for a couple minutes to rinse everything through your pipes.
You can use this technique once a month or so in all of your home's drains to keep them clear and free of debris. Mix a little fresh lemon juice with your vinegar before pouring it down the drain for a fresh smell that acts as a natural air freshener in the kitchen and bathroom.
Schedule a Yearly Maintenance Appointment
One of the most effective ways to maintain a healthy plumbing system is to schedule a maintenance appointment with your service technician at least once a year. Yearly maintenance visits from your technician will help ensure that every aspect of your plumbing system, even the hot water heater, remains in proper working order as time goes on so you don't end up stuck with an extraordinary repair or replacement bill to deal with. And these yearly inspections will also allow your technician to catch minute problems in the water or sewer line before they become too serious and cause damage to the plumbing system in your home. If you haven't done so yet this year, get on the phone and call your service provider to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.Share
28 June 2017
As a DIY enthusiast, I started doing everything I could to make my household appliances more effective then ever before. I insulated my attic, worked on cleaning the vents around my kitchen appliances, and eventually turned my attention to my air conditioner and furnace. Unfortunately, the process of taking care of my HVAC system was more intense than I had originally anticipated. I realized that I needed to read about air conditioners and furnaces before I started tinkering around. I made this blog to showcase all kinds of different articles that talk about HVAC, so that you can become a more informed homeowner.