4 Ways to Keep Your Plumbing in Tip-Top Shape

Unless you suffer the misfortune of a sewer backup, clog, or broken pipe, you probably don’t think too much about your home’s plumbing. However, paying a little extra attention to your plumbing keeps it free of problems and prolongs its life span. If you’ve never taken the time to maintain the plumbing in your Bethany Beach, Delaware, home, here are a few tips to get you started.

Limit or Avoid Liquid Clog Removers

Despite being quick and easy, using liquid clog removers isn’t the best way to clean your pipes. Most of these cleaners have corrosive chemicals that slowly eat away at both PVC and metal pipes if you use it too frequently. Unless you’re in a time crunch, give us a call to fix your clogs.

Wrap Your Pipes

Cold temperatures can wreak havoc on your plumbing system if you aren’t prepared. Especially vulnerable are the plumbing components located on or near the exterior and in unheated areas of the house. Extreme cold can cause pipes to freeze and break. To combat this problem, wrap your pipes with heat tape and insulation. Not only will this keep them from bursting, but it will also allow them to deliver hot water on demand.

Fix Problems at the Start

A leaky faucet may not seem like a high priority in your household, but the sooner you fix the problem, the better. Leaks can start off small but gradually become more severe. The longer you wait, the more costly the problem. Plus, leaks leave moisture in bathrooms and kitchens, allowing mold and bacteria to thrive.

Cover Your Drains

One of the easiest ways to protect your plumbing is prevention. Install drain covers in your showers and sinks. This keeps excessive debris from entering pipes, helping to avoid disasters down the road.

By following a few simple steps, you can prevent some of the headaches caused by faulty plumbing. However, sometimes circumstances are beyond your control.  If you need expert repair, call Custom Mechanical at 877-696-0808 today.

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