Plumbing Maintenance That Is Overlooked Can Be Expensive

We should all keep a checklist of house maintenance tasks that need to be completed on a regular basis. This is especially true for our home’s plumbing system. It is especially critical if you do not have a licenced plumbing technician inspecting your home’s plumbing on a regular basis. Did you realise that some plumbing maintenance might be ignored, resulting in costly and damaging consequences? Here are a few items that should be on your plumbing maintenance checklist on a regular basis.

Plumbing Water Pressure

Are you aware that exceptionally high water pressure can cause plumbing fixtures and appliances to fail? It is typical to observe pipes rupturing and hoses bursting when the water pressure exceeds what is recommended for domestic use. This is something you should be concerned about because it will obviously be quite expensive if you do not handle the situation promptly.

First and foremost, your home plumbing system must include a pressure-reducing valve. Second, it is critical to understand that these valves are not designed to last indefinitely. This implies that you must inspect them on a regular basis and replace them every couple of years. However, in some homes, pressure-reducing valves are seldom monitored and can be as old as 20 years.

What is the maximum water pressure that should be present in your home? In an ordinary home, the maximum suggested water pressure should be no more than 80 psi. Can you picture what would happen if your water pressure was anything between 100 and 150 psi? Fortunately, changing existing valves or having one installed (if there are none) should not be too expensive and can assist reduce water pressure to roughly 75 psi. Look near your home’s main water shutoff to see if you have this type of valve.

If left unchecked, high water pressure can damage your plumbing pipes, connections, and water appliances. Water hammer and excessive water consumption are also possible. Maintaining water pressure is as simple as checking the gauge with pressure-reducing valves. A decent pressure-reducing valve can be purchased at your local home improvement store.

Draining Sediments

What happens if you don’t empty the sediment from your water heater? The most usual repercussion is that you will reduce its predicted life cycle. Water heaters typically have an intended life cycle of 10 to 15 years. If you do not properly maintain it by removing the sediments, you can easily cut its life cycle in half.

The sediments might also damage the water heater, resulting in leaks. This requires prompt care from a licenced professional plumber. Sediment draining should be done at least once a year in most cases. This is because sediment buildup can also develop hot spots, which can harm the tank and lead it to fail prematurely. If you have an electric water heater, this will result in less heating from the element. The presence of sediments might also result in high energy bills.

Testing Sump Pumps

Homeowners using sump pumps should also check to see if they are working on a regular basis; otherwise, the risk of flooding increases dramatically. Can you image returning from a vacation to a flooded house? Sump pumps are easy to overlook because they are located in the basement.

Sump pumps are typically fairly simple to maintain. Simply ensure that nothing is entangled with the float and that the backup battery and breaker are both operational. Remember that sump pumps should be activated as soon as water reaches a particular level. Sump pumps require a vertical float switch to function properly. The unit must also be tested at least twice a year to ensure that it is in good operating order.

Bottom line, if you want to prevent costly repairs and keep your house plumbing in good working order, pick up the phone and call SWR Plumbing right away!