Your plumbing system works hard to give you clean, running water on a daily basis. With proper care and upkeep, plumbing pipes and drains should be able to provide your home or business with water for years to come. You can help to avoid major problems with our top 5 tips on how to prolong the life of your plumbing system.
Prevent Blocked Drains
One of the best ways to extend the lifespan of your plumbing system is to prevent clogs from developing. Watch closely what gets put down the drain – only liquids and never food solids. Use a drain brush to remove build-up and a drain cover to stop hair and debris from going down.
Reduce Water Pressure
Lower the pressure of your water and keep it between 40 to 80 psi. A high water pressure puts unnecessary strain on the pipes which is known to significantly degrade the quality and lifespan of plumbing systems.
Reduce Water Hardness
Hard water is caused by a build-up of mineral sediments, and it can lead to corrosion and clogs inside pipes and shower heads. You can install a water softener to help remove excess sediment and minimise the chance of hard water forming.
Insulate Water Pipes
Cold weather can cause running water to freeze and build up inside the pipes which can lead to burst pipes and other damage. Insulating your pipes, especially the pipes in unheated areas such as the basement and attic, can go a long way to preventing this problem from happening.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Some of the biggest problems that occur with plumbing systems can be avoided altogether with some routine maintenance. Take some time to perform an annual check of the system and ensure it’s in top working condition. This will save you a lot of time and money in the future by identifying issues early and fixing them before they become costly. You can also hire a professional plumber to do the job for you to make sure nothing is missed.
Let the Local Plumbing Experts Lend a Hand
Barker Plumbing Services have over 30 years’ experience in installing, repairing and maintaining plumbing systems on the Gold Coast. We can provide a thorough inspection and catch small problems before they become bigger ones. When you want a fail-safe way to prolong the life of your plumbing system, give our friendly team a call and we’d be happy to help you out.