At some point, every homeowner has experienced a leaky faucet, busted pipe, clogged toilet or backed-up sink. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? Here are some preventative maintenance tips to help you take good care of your residential plumbing in Altoona, PA.
Unclog slow drains
Whether water is slow to drain in the bathtub or a sink, don’t ignore it. You want to figure out what’s the matter before things get worse. The problem could be due to something minor, like too much hair in the built-in catcher. Simply reach in and remove the hair, or use a drain wand to grab hair from further down in the pipe. Here’s a preventative maintenance tip to help unclog your drains and prevent debris buildup: mix together white vinegar and hot water, then pour it down your drains. Do this every few months to keep the water flowing.
Check water pipes for leaks
Check all exposed water pipes (under sinks, in open walls, in the basement) and appliances that use water (washer, dishwasher, refrigerator, water heater, garbage disposal) for water leaks on a regular basis. You may not see water leaking out of a pipe, but you might see water stains on walls and ceilings or water puddles on the floor, or hear water dripping somewhere. Other visible signs come with odors, like mold and mildew growth in damp areas. Consider placing drip trays underneath your water heater, washing machine and garbage disposal to minimize damage in the event that they leak.
Fix leaking water fixtures
Leaking, dripping, annoying faucets and showerheads can waste a lot of water over time. That’s perfectly usable water down the drain and means higher water bills for you. If leaks are not fixed, the drip will only get worse and can cause water damage to your home. Also, check faucet handles to make sure they are not dripping water when in the OFF position, and be on the lookout underneath sinks for water drips and stains. As a preventative measure, check faucets and showerheads for leaks every time you clean the bathroom or kitchen. Make repairs as needed.
Leaking toilets are a nuisance, and oftentimes an inconvenience. Let’s start with a toilet that is running, even though it has not been flushed—this could point to a faulty seal around the valve seat. Many times, gunk that’s built up around the valve seat and flapper is what’s preventing the flapper from sealing properly, which is why the water will continue to run, but the problem could also be with the tank stopper or handle. These types of repairs and maintenance tend to be quick and inexpensive.
Don’t put certain things down drains
Not everything can be safely flushed down the toilet or rinsed down drains. Only toilet paper and human waste is safe to flush—no moist wipes, tissues, garbage or ear swabs. As for the kitchen sink, scrape plates into the trash before rinsing to avoid clogs. Oils, fats, bones, starchy foods, napkins, vegetable peels and more are not meant for the garbage disposal or your drainpipes.
If you need help with residential plumbing in Altoona, PA, look no further than the skilled technicians at Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating Inc. Call us today for any plumbing assistance you need!