Skipping plumbing maintenance and leaving plumbing in a state of disrepair can come back to haunt homeowners. Local plumbing experts share three tips for preventing a scary plumbing emergency this Halloween. Homeowners should take these precautions to avoid common plumbing emergencies.
Safety risks of a plumbing emergency include leaking pipes causing mold growth, burst pipes flooding the home, and contaminated water backflow. A plumbing emergency could even lead to an accidental house fire if the water heater overheats or water from a leak reaches electrical wiring.
Homeowners should always call a plumber immediately when they notice warning signs of something wrong with the plumbing. Small problems could be a quick fix if they are tackled quickly enough. The longer the plumbing problem is left unresolved, the worse it can get until it ends in disaster.
Drain Cleaning Services
The drains are an often overlooked part of a home’s plumbing system, but they are essential for disposing of used water. The entire plumbing system is connected through a complicated system of pipes, and a single clogged drain can throw off the home’s plumbing. Regularly cleaning the drains and pipes with professional drain cleaning services is the best way to prevent clogs and keep sewer lines clear.
It is not recommended for homeowners to use liquid drain cleaners for DIY drain cleaning. Liquid drain cleaners contain toxic chemicals that are hazardous to human health. If the product fails to clear the source of the clog, the fumes from the chemicals are trapped in the home. Liquid drain cleaners are so toxic that they can even eat away at metal pipes and cause permanent damage to the plumbing system.
Avoid Clogged Toilets
Clogged toilets are one of the most common plumbing problems. The best way to fix a clogged toilet is to prevent clogged toilets in the first place. Homeowners should never flush non-flushable items such as paper towels, baby wipes, tissues, sanitary products, or trash down the toilet. The only thing that people should flush is toilet paper.
Even if the toilet flushes the first time, the non-flushable items can become lodged in the sewer line and cause an underground pipe to clog. The best way to maintain a functional toilet and sewer line is to only flush toilet paper. Flushing less toilet paper at one time can also help to prevent clogged toilets and sewer lines.
Schedule Water Heater Maintenance
The water heater is an essential piece of home hardware. It provides the home with hot water on demand for important tasks such as cleaning and bathing. A malfunctioning water heater can be hazardous because of the high temperatures and gallons of water inside the tank.
Homeowners can protect their investment in their home’s water heater by scheduling routine water heater maintenance. Keeping up with water heater maintenance helps keep energy bills low, prevents repairs, and improves the longevity of the hardware.
The water heater tank heats water from the main water line before distributing it to the home’s plumbing fixtures. During the heating process, natural minerals in the water, such as calcium and magnesium, form solid sediment. A professional plumber must safely clean the sediment from the water heater tank during maintenance appointments and check the anode rod.
Failing to keep up with water heater maintenance can cause a build-up of sediment to form inside the water heater tank. Sediment build-up can clog up the inner parts of the water heater and cause corrosion of the tank. Once corrosion of the water heater tank begins, there is usually no other option than to replace the water heater.
About Plumbing Nerds
Plumbing Nerds is the plumbing contractor that Bonita Springs residents and the surrounding areas trust most. They offer an upfront price guarantee, fully stocked trucks, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for drain cleaning or water heater maintenance in Bonita Springs, FL.