Exposed pipe under a bathroom sink.

Plumbing damage is always a pain to deal with, but luckily there are some steps you can take to help prevent the inconvenience and cost of plumbing issues around your home. Here are some simple tips to help you maintain a healthy plumbing system.

Regular Inspections

Conduct routine inspections of your plumbing system. Look at all the exposed pipes in your home and check for leaks, hairline cracks, rust, discolouration, and signs of corrosion. Check your water heater and boiler or furnace as well and look for anything unusual. If you catch a minor issue like rust or corrosion, you can get it fixed and keep it from becoming a bigger problem.

Check for Leaks

Regularly inspect faucets, shower heads, and pipes for leaks. Even a small leak can lead to significant water damage over time, posing a threat to the structural integrity of your home. By proactively identifying and repairing leaks, you can prevent the gradual accumulation of water-related issues, ultimately safeguarding your home from significant (not to mention expensive) damage. Regular leak checks help maintain the functionality of plumbing fixtures and increase the longevity of the entire water distribution system.

Monitor Water Pressure

If you don’t already have one, install a pressure regulator to control water pressure. High water pressure can strain pipes and fixtures, leading to leaks and bursts. Make sure that you monitor your water pressure and don’t ignore it if something seems off.

Take Care of Your Drains

Be mindful of what goes down your drains. Avoid putting grease, hair, or food scraps into sinks and toilets. Use drain strainers in showers and kitchen sinks to catch debris. Avoid using chemical drain cleaners, as they can damage pipes. Instead, use a plunger to remove clogs. For more information, see our tips to prevent clogged drains.

Know the Location of Shut-Off Valves

Familiarize yourself with the location of shut-off valves for water supply throughout your home. This knowledge is crucial in case of emergencies. Many homeowners don’t know where their water shut-off valves are located until it’s too late. If you suddenly have a pipe burst or another plumbing emergency, it’s important to turn off the water as soon as possible to reduce the amount of water damage. Make sure you know where your home’s main water shut-off is located and how to use it – this could save you a ton of time and damage in the event of an emergency.

By following these tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of plumbing damage in your home and improve the longevity of your plumbing system. Regular maintenance and preventive measures will save you time and money in the long run, which is why we recommend hiring a professional plumber annually to do a thorough inspection of your home’s plumbing system. Get in touch with our team today to book a plumbing maintenance inspection.