Plumbing emergencies are never something you want to deal with. More often than not, they can actually be avoided through preventative plumbing maintenance. However, this is something that is often overlooked in a household until a sticky situation arises.
Taking care of your plumbing might not be the most exciting thing to do, but it will save you money in the long run. If you wait until emergencies to occur to take care of your plumbing, then you could be faced with a much higher bill than normal.
Think before you flush
It’ll come as a surprise to some of you what has been known to be flushed down the toilet. If it’s not human waste or toilet paper, then forget about it! Do not attempt to flush down diapers, ‘flushable wipes (that are actually not flushable at all), feminine hygiene products, and so on. A build-up of these items can cause a blockage in your pipes and lead to a sewage backup for you and your neighbours.
Never pour grease down the drain
The list of items that you can pour down the drain is even shorter than what you can flush down the toilet. Ideally, only water should be allowed to go through, with grease being a big no-no! Grease solidifies once it cools off, which can clog the pipes or slow down the drain.
Check your water pressure
It’s a good idea to check the water pressure in your home a couple of times a year. If your water pressure is too high, it can cause unnecessary stress on your plumbing pipes and fixtures. The normal water pressure for a house should be around 30 to 80 psi. To test it yourself, turn off all your taps, hook a water pressure gauge to an outside faucet, and open turn on the tap.
Be careful where you plant your trees
Tree roots are a common cause of sewer pipes and plumbing blockages. Fine roots have a tendency to get through even the smallest of cracks, and that’s often in pipes. Once they have entered, they will make that pipe their home and keep growing until they’ve filled it entirely. If they apply enough pressure, then the whole pipe can burst, causing potential flooding. That’s why you should be strategic about where you plant your trees in the garden, and always keep your pipes in mind!
Get your plumbing professionally inspected
We can’t stress enough the importance of regular plumbing. Generally, you should have your plumbing checked once every two years. At AMS Plumbing Gold Coast, our professional plumbers can identify any potential issues and fix them all at an affordable price. Contact us today to book an appointment.