How often do you think about the plumbing in your home and what’s best for it? Probably not often since plumbing is designed to remain mostly out of sight (the pipes, at least) and working away without you needing to give much thought to it.
But taking a few care and maintenance steps for your plumbing can go a long way. As we move into fall and start to transition into the colder months, it’s beneficial to give some thought to how you can enjoy great plumbing for a full year to come. Below are some of our tips for better plumbing.
Schedule Leak Detection
“But I don’t have any plumbing leaks.” To which we add “… that you know of.” And that’s the big trick when it comes to leaks in a home’s plumbing: most are difficult to see until they start to create water damage. Many homes have small leaks that slowly waste water and cause mold and mildew. We recommend calling a professional plumber for leak detection services every few years. If you’ve already lived in your home for a few years and have never had leak detection done, now is the time! We strongly urge you to schedule this service if your home is more than 50 years old.
Arrange for Preventive Drain Cleaning
Drain cleaning: it’s not only for emergency clogs! It’s also a preventive service we recommend homeowners have done annually. Using powerful tools like hydro-jetters, professional plumbers can clean out the build-up inside drainpipes that often leads to clogs. Regular drain cleaning is the best way to guard against slow and clogged drains for the year to come.
Install a Sump Pump
The rainy season is ahead, and this can mean storm waters and flooded basements. If you don’t have a sump pump as part of your plumbing system, give serious consideration to installing one. A sump pump can rescue your basement from major water damage, and it also helps around the year with removing moisture from the lower parts of the house.
Be Good to Your Garbage Disposal
The end of the year is when you’ll probably have the most guests in your home, and big feasts are a major part of year-end festivities. This can mean a bad time for your garbage disposal if you allow the wrong items to go down it. These items include any un-chewable food waste (if you can’t chew it, your disposal can’t either), actual trash, fats and oils, stringy foods like asparagus and onions, and coffee grounds. Treat your garbage disposal well and it will reward you with a long and problem-free service life.
You can count on our Madison, MS plumbing professionals to take care of any work you need. We install sump pumps, do leak detection and drain cleaning, and can put in new fixtures. We recommend you sign up for our regular maintenance program so we can inspect your plumbing each year and see what work it requires.