Taking Care Of Your Plumbing System

The last thing anyone wants to have to do is clean up after a leaking toilet or kitchen sink and no one likes to see water stains on the walls and ceilings. By looking after your plumbing system, you can avoid finding yourself in these situations down the line.
Chemicals and Leaks
Sinks, showers and toilets all need to be cleaned, but tough chemicals can damage the pipes and cause leaks, so try using gentler alternatives such as baking soda or lemon juice. If any of your pipes are leaking, it’s best to get them tended to by a professional as soon as possible however small the leak as water leakages can lead to mildew and rot in your home and can cause wood to swell and lose its shape.


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Drains and Blockages
Don’t let bits of food and other solid matter escape down the drain of the sink as this could ultimately cause blockages. Drain filters can be acquired cheaply and prevent such materials from gathering in your pipes. Likewise, be careful about what you flush down the toilet as dealing with a clogged toilet is not an enviable job, so remember that nappies, baby wipes and the like belong in the bin, not the toilet.
Taps should not be turned off too tightly, as you risk damaging the washer. If this happens, the tap could end up dripping, a problem that requires servicing, as well all the water it wastes. If your sinks drain very slowly, it’s possible that there’s a build-up of waste in the pipes. Certain chemical agents can be used to dissolve such matter, but sometimes, if the blockage is particularly bad, it might be necessary to get a professional in to clear out the drains.
Another important consideration is your gutters. Ensure they are cleaned out at least once a year to avoid leaves building up, blocking the water flow and eventually causing corrosion of the gutters, a costly problem to fix. During particularly rainy periods, blocked gutters can result in water entering the eaves of your house and making its way into your ceiling space, which can damage the infrastructure of your house.
So spare a little thought for the pipes in your home and save yourself money on costly repairs that could have been easily avoided. Having your plumbing inspected by a professional at least once every few years is a good way of detecting and repairing any wear and tear before it becomes a bigger problem.

This article was written by plumber Joe Kilbride on behalf of a leading firm specialising in pneumatic fittings.

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