With the new year approaching, you're probably starting to make your list of resolutions. Don't forget to make a list for your house, more specially, your plumbing system. There are a number of simple, yet effective ways you should work to upgrade and care for your home's plumbing system for the new year.
Consider performing a mini-bathroom remodel, with no major demo involved. A practical idea is to update the fixtures on your sink, tub and shower head. If you have traditional chrome fixtures, consider upgrading to a burnished copper selection for a new look. You should also consider upgrading to low-flow options. Low-flow fixtures minimize the rate at which water is output, helping decrease water waste and increase money in your wallet.
Inspect Pipe Insulation
Take some time to double-check the insulation on any of your exposed pipes. While insulation last for many years, over time, it can start to become less effective due to general wear and tear. Damaged insulation increases the risk of your pipes freezing, which can lead to significant water damage and costly repairs. You can find the tools you need at just about any home improvement store.
If you did a lot of cooking and entertaining over the holiday season, consider starting off your new year with a professional drain cleaning. In addition to food particles, hair, trash and other non-biodegradable debris collects in your drains. Over time, this can cause issues like slow draining. While an over-the-counter drain cleaner might seem like an easier fix, the harsh chemicals in these products can damage your pipes. A professional drain cleaning can help clean your drains without the risk of damage.
Use Water Wisely
Make an effort to use water in your home more wisely. Begin this by making an effort to turn off the water when brushing your teeth. Only turn on the water when you're ready to start rinsing. Getting everyone in your home to take this type of initiative can help you save nearly 3,000 gallons of water every year and help you minimize wear and tear on your plumbing system, which ultimately increases longevity and decreases repair costs.
Making these subtle changes can make your home look better, increase efficiency and help ensure your plumbing system stays in better working order. Make sure you are making a commitment to start the new year off right and keep your plumbing system in better condition.Share
14 December 2015
When you get a clogged drain or a toilet that just won't flush, do you reach for the phone and call for a plumber? When you have these seemingly simple plumbing problems around your house, you have to make a decision quickly. Do you pay for someone to come out and make the repairs, or do you attempt the repair on your own? This blog is all about DIY plumbing repairs. You will learn the basics and find tips for when to cut your losses and call in for professional assistance so you don't make a small fix one that needs serious repairs.