Preventing Common Plumbing Problems at Home
Your home’s plumbing is a complex system that includes pipes, drains, and appliances. Understanding the weak points in this system and how to protect your home’s plumbing will help you to prevent many common plumbing problems. If you aren’t sure how to maintain or repair your home’s plumbing, contact a Flagstaff plumber for personalized assistance and advice.
Replace Your Washing Machine Hose
Did you know that the hose connecting your water supply to your washing machine is one of the most commonly-reported causes of water damage in the home? Rubber degrades over time, especially in the dry climate of Arizona. Natural wear and tear on the hose can cause it to break, leading to a flood that can cause significant water damage to your home. You can avoid this plumbing problem altogether by replacing the rubber hose on your washing machine with one covered in braided metal. Metal hoses won’t degrade and split like rubber, although they should still be replaced every five years.
Flush Your Water Heater
Your water heater may require very little care, but it’s important to remember that this appliance is not completely maintenance-free. Over time, minerals and sediments in your water build up inside your water heater’s tank and cause corrosion. If this corrosion eats away at the tank until it causes a leak, you’ll need to replace the entire appliance. You can prevent sediment buildup by flushing your water heater once or twice a year to clear it and keep the tank in good condition. To flush the tank, turn off the power, gas, and water input to your water heater and attach a hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank. Check your manual if you aren’t sure where the tank’s drain is located. Place the other end of the hose in a utility sink, floor drain, or bucket—remember that you may need to empty a bucket a few times to accommodate all the water in your water heater’s tank. Open the drain spigot and drain the tank completely. Once the tank has been drained, close the spigot, remove the hose, and restore the power and water to the unit. If the water coming from the tank is dirty, you may wish to repeat this process a few times until the water drains clear to ensure you have removed all the existing sediment in the tank.
Know Your Plumbing
One of the best ways to prevent problems is to make yourself familiar with your home’s plumbing. Locate your water meter so you can monitor your water usage if you suspect you have a leak. Find your home’s water shutoffs in case of an emergency. Learn how to plunge a sink, toilet, or tub to remove clogs without the use of caustic drain-cleaning chemicals. If your home uses a septic tank, familiarize yourself with its function and have the tank inspected once a year to determine when pumping is needed. A little knowledge will go a long way toward protecting your plumbing and your home.
If you’d like to read more about maintaining your plumbing and how to know when it’s time to call in a professional, check out our blog to find more helpful articles and information. When you need to contact a Mr. Rooter plumber in Coconino, Yavapi, or Maricopa County, visit our website to request an appointment 24/7.