We don’t really think about plumbing system maintenance unless something goes wrong. You may be doing something that is bad for the system but you wouldn’t realise it unless it becomes an issue. Therefore, it is very important that you know what to do in terms of maintenance. This way you will have fewer issues.
There are no complicated maintenance schedules that you have to carry out. All you need to do is follow some basic routine things. After some time, it can actually become second nature for you. One of the most common problems that we run into is blocked drains. When this happens, some of us use chemical products that are marketed for the purpose of clearing the drain. While this may work, it is actually not good for your pipes.
If you have cast iron pipes, the chemicals can erode them over time. Also, this isn’t a permanent solution. The entire blockage will not be removed which will result in another blockage soon. This would require you to put more and more chemical in every time which will slowly eat away at your pipes in a vicious circle.The best thing you can do to unclog the drain is to clear it with a snake. You can purchase one of these at a hardware store. You can hire an emergency plumber by Ezy-Plumb Pty Ltd to take care of the situation. They will also advise you on what you have done wrong and how you can prevent it in the future. You can prevent this by avoiding putting food scraps in the kitchen drain. You have to be extremely careful in what you put down the drains.
For example, hair can get into bathroom drains and create clogging. You can prevent this by putting a screen over the drain that will collect the hair. You can clean it out every couple of weeks. It is also a good idea to reduce the pressure in your pipes. We tend to prefer high pressure as it can be quite comfortable when we take a shower. But the high pressure can actually reduce the lifespan of your pipes given that the joints, valves in the appliances and faucets have to strain much harder.You can measure the pressure of the water by attaching a hose bib gauge into an outside spigot. If the pressure is between 40 and 85 psi, you’re in the clear.
But if the pressure exceeds that range, you will have to call a plumber and make sure you reduce it. There are some regions where there’s hard water due to minerals in the water. These minerals will build up in your pipes over time and reduce the pipe size. This will result in an increase in the pressure of the water which will lead to the same issue discussed above. You can use a water softener to counteract the effects of hard water.