Avoid Plumbing Problems: Try Preventive Maintenance
Have you ever dealt with a serious plumbing problem? Did your main water line break? If so, you may remember that day as being one of the worst of your entire life. Perhaps your basement flooded and resulted in major property damage. After the disaster team left, you realized just how devastating water flooding can be to a home.
If you have never experienced a major problem with any of your plumbing fixtures, consider yourself lucky. Actually, properly installed plumbing implements and fixtures will last a very long time and you really do not need to stay awake at night worrying. However, it is important that you
occasionally check on plumbing appliances to make sure they are in good working order. It is also a good idea to address slow draining sinks and tubs. Here are a few tips on things you can check as you make your yearly preventive maintenance rounds.
- Drains—a slow drain can usually be treated with retail drain cleaner. Be sure to follow all the manufacturer safety precautions. Drain cleaner is a caustic acid, which if gotten in the eyes or on the skin, can cause injury. If, after this method, your drain is still slow, it is time to bring out some bigger tools. Try a toilet plunger. For clogs that are near the drain opening, a plunger can work remarkably well. Often hair collects around the bathroom sink plug-lever. Try using a hooked tool to remove hair from the lever to free up the drain. The same thing happens in the tub drain and the same method works well there, as well. For serious clogs, call us, your experienced Roto-Rooter plumbers. We will use our professional equipment to clear your drains quickly.
- Furnace and AC units—be sure to change or clean the filters in your furnace or air conditioner once every three months. If you have problems with a dusty environment, you may need to clean or replace them more often. If you have the washable filters, be sure to clean them by spraying water the opposite direction as the airflow. Use care when ringing them out as the washable material will tear easily.
- Water heater—you should flush your water heater occasionally, depending on how hard your water supply is. Calcium deposits collect in your heater tank and displace the water, thus making less water for your showers. For professional service, contact Roto-Rooter.
Plumbing problems do not need to get you down. Be prepared and keep Roto-Rooter contact information on your refrigerator, so if crisis hits, you can call us quickly.