Plumbing isn’t something most people think about in their homes, until it stops working! When there’s an issue with your water, drains or pipes it can be a huge headache – not to mention very costly!
Luckily there are plenty of good habits you can embrace to keep your plumbing system functioning at it’s best, reducing the likelihood you will need to call in a professional plumber.
Here are 5 handy plumbing tips from Red Dog Plumbing that will save you time, hassle and money.
Care for your toilet
The toilet is one of the most used parts of your house. It can also be the most expensive when things go wrong. Taking good care of your toilet will reduce the likelihood it ever gets blocked. That means do not flush wipes (even if they say flushable) or hygiene products. And if you have little kids, keep the toilet door closed so they don’t drop toys or other things into the bowl.
Invest in a water softener
A plumbing system has an average lifespan and high mineral deposits can corrode your pipes and fittings, meaning the system won’t last as long. This is caused by high mineral content in your water supply, so speak with a professional about getting a water softener installed. It might cost money now but will save a lot more later.
Respect your drains
Some people are lazy and tip everything down the drain. This can include oil, food scraps and even paint! Unfortunately, this is the perfect way to block your drain, and waste more $$$. Tip oil from a fry pan into a milk carton and then throw it in the bin. Likewise, put food scraps in a compost and anything else that doesn’t belong down the drain into the rubbish. Investing in a plug that can drain the water in the sink and still collect scraps is a great way to look after your drains and avoid cloggings.
Take the pressure down
Not only is this an awesome John Farnham song, but a handy hint when it comes to plumbing. Schedule a visit from your local professional and get him to test the water pressure. Reducing it can take the stress off the pipes, adding life to the plumbing system. Whispering Jack would be proud!
Replace old fixtures
With modern technology comes efficiency. Shower heads and taps have been designed to be much more efficient than in the olden days. So, replacing old fixtures with better newer versions can save you lots of money in lower water bills.
Doing nothing might save you money in the short term but the future costs will be a lot higher if you let things go. Ongoing care and maintenance of your plumbing system is the most cost-effective way to move forward. We hope these handy tips have helped you.