The pipes in our home are running nonstop daily. Whenever we brush our teeth, take a shower, do the dishes, or get a glass of water, they are hard at work. They move a lot of liquid, and over time, this can begin to wear them down and eventually cause plumbing issues.
So how can we extend the life of our pipes? Read on for a few helpful tips.
Check Your Water Pressure
If the water pressure is too high, this can result in the pipes wearing out more quickly. The pressure in the home should always stay below 85 PSI to protect the pipes and prevent premature wear and tear. To keep the water pressure in check, you can install a water pressure gauge.
How many times have you reached for the chemical drain cleaner when you found yourself dealing with a clog? While they may do the job of eliminating the blockage, they may end up eating away at your pipes. Regular use of chemical drain cleaners can cause irreparable damage to the pipes in your home, so it would be best to steer clear of them.
Do Not Ignore Leaks
Are there leaks you ignore because they are small and seemingly insignificant? If so, you should know that even a small leak can turn into a big problem later on. The constant dripping can cause wear and tear in the pipes and also harm the pipe connections over time. So as soon as you notice a leak, call a plumber and have it taken care of.
Be Careful With Flushing
You also have to be careful about what you choose to flush. Keep in mind that your toilet is not meant to be used as a trash can. When you flush items you shouldn't, they can damage the pipes. Eventually, the damaged pieces will begin to break off and cause blockage that would be a headache to remove.
Those clogs can also cause pressure in the pipes to build up exponentially, which will result in leaks, bursts, and serious backups. Being mindful about what you flush is a simple way to extend the life of your pipes and keep your plumbing system working as it should.
Check For Slow Drainage
Have you noticed that one or more of your drains seem to be slow in clearing out water? While it may not seem like an issue needing attention, slow drainage can mean there is blockage in the pipes. This can lead to increased pressure, which forces the pipes to work harder and causes them to wear out faster.
If you can't use a plunger or a plumbing snake to fix the issue on your own, call a plumber to assess the situation and determine what needs to be done to protect your pipes.
For questions or service requests, call the experts at I C Plumbing Services today. We can help keep your pipes working properly and avoid costly problems in the future.