Over a period of time, your home’s plumbing system can get bogged down as well as less water efficient. The number of factors contributing to this can be many, like, lack of regular maintenance to misuse.
1. Regular maintenance
This is the real culprit because this should be the household standard for almost everything. Regular maintenance of any thing will make it run better. This certainly holds true for your home’s plumbing system. Although most plumbing maintenance can be accomplished with simple household tools, some older systems or stubborn pipes, will require some professional help.
If you want to keep every drain in the house flowing as well as the day it was installed, remove the drain cover to check for clogs. It is not uncommon for hair and soap scum to clog the drain. If they are removed on a regular basis, major backups can be avoided.
You can use liquid pipe cleaners on a regular basis for cleaning the entire length of a pipe. For older pipes refrain from using handle liquid cleaners. A more standard twenty-foot drain snake will do the job.
2. Update faucets and showerheads
The water connections, seals, and washers start to corrode and wear out, as faucets and showerheads age. Water leaks begin to happen, resulting in water damage as well as a higher water bill. If you find the water dripping all night then the time might be right to install a new tap; or, replace the ones worn-out.
Another problem that people commonly face with aging sink and shower hardware is lime, rust, and soap scum that gets deposited inside the faucet or showerhead. This kind of buildup has the potential to seriously cut the flow of water and this also makes the pressure low. Although soap scum can be eventually cleaned, it’s the lime and rust that pose problems.
If you have an aging toilet, then your plumbing efficiency will surely decline by half. In order to improve the toilet plumbing system, most people end up adjusting the height of the toilet tank float ball. Instead, households should install a low-flow or dual flush unit.
Not only a low-flow unit will reduce the amount of water in every flush, it will also virtually eliminate any issues related to running toilet. A dual-flush unit will offer you the option of half or full flushes.
4. Evaluate appliances
Although it might seem like an expensive suggestion, in the long run, this will save you a lot of money. This is because appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine can wreak havoc on your water bill and plumbing system.
Appliances that are dated typically use more water than required and drain ineffectively. Especially with dishwasher’s food particles slipping into the drainage system could be building up somewhere further down the pipeline. It is better that you replace these tired machines with a dishwasher that has a built-in disposal.
These are just a few suggestions that will help you ensure that your home’s plumbing system runs efficiently. With regular maintenance and a few simple upgrades, your plumbing system will stay healthy and your water bills will be low.
To get your plumbing system evaluated by an experienced plumber, get in touch with Pro Plumbing.