3 Basic Plumbing Maintenance Tips For Your Home

corroded pipeSerious indoor water damage can result from something as simple as neglecting basic plumbing maintenance. The water supply lines inside your house carry water at an average of 60 pounds per square inch. That’s more than enough pressure to inundate your home in a matter of minutes. Other less dramatic but chronic plumbing problems can increase monthly water bills and cause fixtures and appliances to perform less efficiently.

Observing a few basic plumbing maintenance practices is always better than dealing with the inconvenience and expense after the fact if water damage occurs. Here are three things you can do on your own.

  1. Look for leaks. No amount of water supply line leakage—including tiny pinholes or minor oozing at joints—is acceptable. In fact, these are often warnings of internal corrosion which could trigger a total pipe rupture at any time. Inspect water supply lines anywhere they are visible, including beneath sinks and in the basement or crawl space, for dripping or seepage. If you find any, call a plumber immediately.
  2. Check washing machine hoses. Ruptured rubber washing machine hoses are frequent culprits when unexpected indoor water damage strikes. Regularly inspect the hoses that connect to hot and cold water faucets on the wall behind the machine. Look for cracks and test flexibility. If the hoses feel hard and brittle, replace them now. Braided steel water lines are a superior, longer-lasting replacement than rubber.
  3. Inspect the water heater. Look for signs of leakage underneath. Any water dripping from the bottom of the unit is evidence of internal corrosion and an impending tank rupture that could flood the house. Also check the temperature and pressure relief valve on the side or top of the water heater for dribbling. Open the valve by lifting the spring-loaded handle and verify that you can see or hear water spurt out, then allow the valve to snap shut. Make sure the valve seals properly afterwards. Report any tank leakage or a dribbling relief valve to a qualified plumber.

Ask the experts at Rytech for more basic plumbing maintenance tips to prevent water damage.

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