Any homeowner will tell you that a home plumbing system needs a lot of attention in order to continue functioning properly. Homeowners of older properties especially need to keep in mind that as a system ages, pipelines start to shift and leak while appliances start to break down. Unless you are a full time plumber, you most likely will not notice anything unusual until a problem get severely out of control. At which point, not only will you have a set of repairs on your hands, but you will also most likely have some kind of water damage to take care of. Any type of water damage that happens to a home could potentially cost thousands of dollars to fix taking into account wood replacement and mold remediation services. To help you better understand what you can do to maintain the integrity of your home plumbing system, Roto-Rooter has assembled this guide to help you understand how to prevent and resolve common pipe issues.
The toilet bowl has a huge responsibility in the overall functionality of a plumbing system. It handles a lot of waste and has a propensity to clog. As drainpipes leading from the toilets out to the sewer become blocked, enormous clogs start to form and cause backup flow. Aside from having a toilet plunger nearby to work out as much of the clog as possible, you may need to use Roto-Rooter Pipe Cleaner in order to dissolve whatever is in the way. Remember, however, that when using highly acidic cleaners on old pipes, it can weaken and even cause cracks to form. Add Pipe Shield to you cleaning efforts in order to strengthen the pipe wall and also make it harder for gunk to get stuck.
In the winter, exterior walls of the house that do not get a lot of sunlight can drop to frigid temperatures, even during the day. If there are waterlines, drains, or pipes of any kind running through these walls, they are at risk of freezing over or even bursting. When a pipe freezes over without bursting, typically thawing them out is the best way to prevent any further issue. If, however, air gets trapped, the forming ice will actually cause the air to burst through and shatter the line. To prevent this from happening, use pipe insulators, or even electric heating tape to keep them at normal temperatures.
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