Preventing Plumbing Issues

According to professional plumbers with rich experience in this field, there are proven ways of preventing leaks in your plumbing systems. Prevention of leaks can help to extend the life of your pipes and other plumbing fixtures. Some of these prevention methods are performed by a qualified plumber, but many of them are steps that you can implement yourself. Taking preventative steps now will lessen plumbing emergencies and help to maintain strong water flow in your pipes.

Below are ways of preventing leaks in your plumbing system:

Slab leak repair with epoxy

Problem: Slab leaks are commonly caused by holes or cracks in the pipe, loose pipe connections, and ruptured pipes. It is discovered only when the damage results in enough water leaking and rising through the cracks to create puddles of water on the ground.

Prevention: To prevent all these problems, experienced plumbers recommend an application of epoxy inside the pipe. Epoxy is like waterproof glue. When hardened, the epoxy turns into a solid state. Two objects that are bound by epoxy are bound permanently. Epoxy is so strong that even while underwater the substance can harden and bind objects or seal up holes. Due to the properties of this strong adhesive, it is most often applied to holes and cracks to stop water leaks. Using it on pipes for protection and additional strength is even better.

Toilet clogs and leaks

Problem: The toilet bowl itself is a strong bathroom fixture and is difficult to break under normal conditions of use. So toilet problems would rarely require complete toilet replacement. Internal parts within the tank that get worn out can be bought separately. Though toilet clogs can be easily managed by plumbers, it is sometimes embarrassing to have it done.

Prevention: So prevention is always the best choice. You can start by keeping the toilet clean. Do not flush hard, solid objects down the toilet. Also, do not flush sanitary napkins, paper towels, Kleenex tissues, cat litter, or anything else other than toilet paper.

Kitchen sink clogs

Problem: Food, grease, and soap can accumulate and clog the pipes of your sink. This will grow eventually into a bigger problem if not addressed immediately.

Prevention: To prevent gunk from accumulating in the pipes, use strainers over the drain to catch food particles and prevent them from going down with the water. Also, it is important never to pour grease down your drain. Use an empty coffee can pour your grease into, and then dispose of the can when it becomes full. Grease that is poured down the drain turns into a thick solid of fat that will line your pipes. Over time, this will become a clog. From time to time, pour boiling water mixed with vinegar down your sink drain to flush it out, wash away grease build-up and loosen stuck particles and clumps.

Bursted Pipes

Problem: It can be difficult to identify ahead of time when your pipes are having problems because they’re completely hidden. Often times you are unaware of a problem until the pipe has burst and water is leaking.

Prevention: To get ahead of this dilemma, it helps to pay attention to any unusual sounds your pipes may be producing such as growling, whistling, rattling, and screeching. Any of these would indicate that your pipes need to be examined by a plumber ASAP. Also, any changes in the water flow or water pressure from your faucets can be due to a damaged pipe. Do not wait to call a professional. Any delays can result in much greater problems and costly repairs.