Have you ever come home from vacation to see that there has been some kind of pipe issue and there is now a colossal mess to clean up? Be thankful if your answer is no. Owning a home is very rewarding, but it comes with a lot of responsibilities and the important task of properly caring for the pipes is often overlooked.
Here are a few common pipe issues and tips as to how to prevent them from happening:
- Leak: It is highly recommended that you hire a plumber to inspect your home’s plumbing once per year. The plumber will look for any corrosion, which could cause your pipes to leak. The plumber can also evaluate water lines leading to your hot water heater, washing machine and refrigerator need to be replaced. High water pressure is also a common cause of leaks in pipes, so ensure your plumber checks your home’s water pressure as well.
- Congested Garbage Disposal: Many homeowners throw everything and anything into garbage disposals, without a thought as to whether the water is running while they are doing it and/or whether the type of food item they are throwing in is appropriate for the garbage disposal. Eggshells, grease and starchy foods could clog your pipes and cause problems and are best thrown into the garbage can or a compost bin.
- Pipe Blockage: Hair, dirt, small toys, and many other items can block your pipes and lead slow drain or a complete clog. Placing a drain filter in all of the sinks and tubs is an easy way to avoid this issue. If the issue continues, contact a plumber.
- Sewer Backup: If you have a septic tank, make sure to get it emptied as scheduled. The frequency of this depends on the size of the tank and how many people live in the home. The EPA suggests that most household septic tanks are pumped every three to five years.
- Irrigation System Maintenance: Clearing the lines of water and turning the system off when it is not in use is very important, especially in places where temperatures get low and any water left in the lines could freeze, causing the lines to crack and/or burst.